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Arteta confirms Arsenal penalty taker after Aubameyang miss

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The Arsenal boss confirmed who will take the club’s spot-kicks after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed his second penalty in a row.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta plans to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on as his first-choice penalty taker.

For the second time in three Premier League games, Aubameyang failed to score from the spot in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Watford. It was the captain’s second penalty miss in a row. Former Gunners teammate Emi Martinez previously denied him for Aston Villa last month.

This time, it was Ben Foster who did the honors. The Watford keeper saved Aubameyang’s penalty in the 36th-minute of the game, while the scoreline was still 0-0. However, Emile Smith Rowe’s second-half goal was enough to seal all three points for Arsenal at the Emirates.

“He will stay on penalties if he’s happy to do so,” Arteta said in a post-match conference when asked if he will keep Aubameyang on penalty duty.

“You will miss if you take penalties, that is part of your career and the job and we will try to help him.”

Overall, Aubameyang has missed five of his 15 penalties for Arsenal across all competitions.

The Gabon international last scored from the 12-yard spot in a 4-2 win against Leeds United last February.