Theo Walcott has highlighted the importance of not just winning against Newcastle, but gaining the three points when our title rivals slip up.

The Foxes, surprisingly, drew against Bournemouth on Saturday, meaning our win against the Magpies allowed us to open up a two-point gap at the top of the table. Although it’s not a lot, it’s a bit of breathing space.

Leicester have been amazing this season, mainly thanks to the prolific Jamie Vardy, who’s scored 15 goals so far this season. This is roughly 40% of Leicester’s total goals (37).

Therefore, when the opportunity arose to put some space between us, it was imperative that we did.

“The three points are crucial at this moment in time, especially when teams slip up as well,” Walcott said.

“We’ve had a blip at times but it’s important that we got those hard-fought three points today. In previous seasons we would have lost that or drawn, so that’s a very good sign for 2016.”

Although Wenger has previously said that we shouldn’t be paying attention to other teams and only focusing on winning our matches, at least keeping an eye on where our rivals are could be handy in that it should motivate us. If one of our competitors loses, we have a chance to push on and clinch that title as soon as possible.

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