Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has applauded the strength of character shown by Mikel Arteta in recovering from his penalty miss against Fulham last month.
The Spaniard missed a last-minute spot-kick against the Cottagers with the scores at 3-3, effectively denying his side a victory.
However, the former Everton playmaker has since bounced back, dispatching two penalties against West Brom and a recent winner against Wigan.
And Wenger has hailed the 30-year-old for refusing to dwell on his past mistakes.
“It takes character [to score three penalties in a row],” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “I am glad he shows that.
“You heard so many comments when he missed that one against Fulham – ‘why does he take the penalties?’ – But he has everyone on board now. That is the only way you can do it: show everyone that you have the character and the quality.
“It is important after [a player misses] that you test the desire to do it again. If they are a little bit on the back foot then you don’t insist at all.
“But if he is really keen and has a history of having taken them before then it is important that he takes the next one.
“It is like when you have a car accident. Do you not drive again your whole life or do you drive again straightaway? It is about getting it out of your system.”