The Chilean’s treble was also a milestone for manager Arsene Wenger, with it being the 30th League hat trick of his Arsenal managerial career, only Liverpool have managed more Premier League hat tricks in that time.
But Walcott believes the former Barcelona star’s scintillating display at Leicester proved he is back in the groove just in time for a crucial Champions League clash with Greek side Olympiakos on Tuesday.
Theo Walcott equalised when Leicester were themselves caught on the break.
“We are sad because we wanted to continue to be unbeaten but I think when you play against Arsenal, United, Chelsea, City, that’s bonus points for us if we get anything”, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said.
It nearly felt like a throwback to the old Premier League games which featured Arsenal, not the boring 1-0 Arsenal wins but a lot of attacking football and goals flying in from everywhere.
Defender Kurt Zouma gave Chelsea the lead on 53 minutes before Calum Chambers diverted an Eden Hazard into his own net in the 90th minute.
Arsenal might have finally found a solution to their striker problems. The players showed the maximum character. Costa had been accused of shoving his hand into the face of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny.
He had not scored for the Gunners since their FA Cup final win over Aston Villa in May. “It was very hard after that”. That would mean leaving out two-goal hero Mathieu Flamini, in spite of his midweek heroics.
“It was important because it was a derby”.
“You have to win your home games if you want to qualify from the group stage, it is simple as that”. Leicester have had a great start but need to build on it. We are also fighting to take points from every match.
Paul Wilkes was at the King Power Stadium to watch the Gunners secure an emphatic victory…
And Ranieri refused to be downbeat following the Foxes’ first defeat of the season. Indeed, there will be no expectations on the hosts – other than failure – despite the fact that they have won each of their last 3 home games against Saturday’s opponents.