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Walcott - No one will want to face us

Walcott v Olympiacos

By Lloyd Webb

Theo Walcott believes teams around Europe will want to avoid Arsenal in the Champions League knockout stages.

Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick saw the Gunners progress out of Group F after a dramatic 3-0 win against Olympiacos in Athens on Wednesday night.

Walcott says spirit was key to their performance and feels the “never give up” attitude within the squad can cause problems for any opponent.

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“It was very important that everyone was involved,” he said. “The manager as well, he was key to our success and we have to give credit to him. The sort of attitude we had in the dressing room was ‘never give up’.

"We never give up and you should have seen them buzzing right at the end in the dressing room. That is the spirit we want in this team. It is the spirit that we can push on and improve. Europe will have seen that performance and I think a lot of teams will want to avoid us now after that.

"We have got the character, the strength in depth to actually make upsets. Whoever we get in the draw, we will be confident, raring to go and I’m sure we will get players fit as well. The squad is very good.

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“As a team, we were focused and knew the job in hand. We obviously made it very difficult for ourselves in the games before this one but you have to give credit to everyone in that dressing room, even the players that didn’t play."

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