By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes Mikel Arteta’s latest successful penalty conversion demonstrates his strength of character.

The Spanish midfielder missed a last-minute spot kick in the 3-3 draw against Fulham last month, but has since scored two penalties against West Brom and the winner against Wigan.

Wenger is delighted the 30-year-old has kept his focus and not allowed one miss to affect his confidence.

“It takes character [to score three penalties in a row],” the boss 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.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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28 Dec 2012