Wenger hails Arteta character after penalty recovery

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.”

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