Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tucked away the rebound of his missed penalty against Aston Villa but he wasn’t so fortunate against Watford and his penalty record for Arsenal does make good reading.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts after having his penalty kick saved by Ben Foster of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal reacts after having his penalty kick saved by Ben Foster of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on November 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2005, Arsenal missed back-to-back penalties in the Premier League and it was, once again, our captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had stepped up to the spot.

As I was looking at which referees gave the most penalties for and against Arsenal, I couldn’t help but notice that, after Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, no Arsenal player has taken more than 5 penalties for the club without missing at least one.

There are 14 players who all have a 100% rate for Arsenal when it comes to stepping up to the spot, but six of those only ever took one penalty.

Three have taken and scored two, and three have taken and scored five.

Arsenal’s penalty takers who’ve never missed

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal scores his teams equalising goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at The Emirates Stadium on September 9, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON – SEPTEMBER 09: Thierry Henry of Arsenal scores his teams equalising goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at The Emirates Stadium on September 9, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
  1. Thierry Henry – 23
  2. Ian Wright – 16
  3. Emmanuel Adebayor – 5
  4. Dennis Bergkamp – 5
  5. Alexandre Lacazette – 5
  6. Nicolas Pepe – 2
  7. Olivier Giroud – 2
  8. Marc Overmars – 2
  9. Edu – 1
  10. Andrey Arshavin – 1
  11. Kanu – 1
  12. Emmanuel Eboue – 1
  13. Nicklas Bendtner – 1
  14. Samir Nasri – 1

Arsenal players who missed one penalty

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal scores their first goal from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on February 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: Santi Cazorla of Arsenal scores their first goal from a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on February 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
  1. Santi Cazorla – 9 (88.9%)
  2. Mikel Arteta – 7 (87.5%)
  3. Robert Pires – 6 (83.3%) – And we all know that one should have been retaken

Arsenal players who missed their only penalty

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  1. Lee Dixon
  2. Paul Merson
  3. Theo Walcott
  4. Julio Baptista
  5. Tomas Rosicky

Arsenal players who have missed the most penalties

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal scores their team's second goal from the rebound after having a penalty saved by Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal scores their team’s second goal from the rebound after having a penalty saved by Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
  1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Taken 14, missed 5 (64.9% success) (Ben Foster & Watford, Aston Villa & Emi Martinez, Norwich City & Tim Krul, Tottenham & Hugo Lloris, Manchester City & Ederson)
  2. Robin van Persie – 9/3 (75%) (Manchester United & David de Gea, Wigan Athletic & Ali Al-Habsi, Manchester City & Kasper Schmeichel)
  3. Alexis Sanchez – 5/2 (60%) (Hull City & Eldin Jakupovic, QPR & Rob Green)
  4. Cesc Fabregas – 5/2 (60%) (Manchester City & Joe Hart, Stoke City & Thomas Sorenson)
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