Arsenal’s Theo Walcott: ‘Whoever we play next we need to respect. We didn’t respect Monaco’

After Arsenal’s Indiana Jones-type escape against Olympiakos in the Champions League, the forward says Arsène Wenger’s side must learn from last season – when they avoided bigger names but then went bust in Monte Carlo

Amid the euphoria of Arsenal’s Champions League progress at Olympiakos on Wednesday night, there was the underlying sense of reprieve; a feeling that the club had got away with it.

This was the footballing equivalent of Indiana Jones reaching back and grabbing his hat before the wall descends. At the very last moment Arsenal had found their focus. The standout line after the Olivier Giroud-inspired 3-0 win at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, which squeezed Arsenal into the last 16 at the expense of Olympiakos on the head-to-head tie-break, came from Theo Walcott.

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