Arsenal star Santi Cazorla laughs at the prospect of equalling Thierry Henry record

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Santi Cazorla’s penalty record at Arsenal is remarkable.

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has admitted that he doesn’t even practice penalties after being told that he is one success away from equalling Thierry Henry’s record of seven in a row, Marca report.

The Spain international has taken on penalty duties for the Gunners in Mikel Arteta’s absence from the first-team XI as a result of injuries and lack of form.

His record to date has been phenomenal, netting six times on the spin in all competitions - with his latest effort coming in the 5-0 thrashing of Premier League rivals Aston Villa in February.

In an interesting turn of events, one more success would see the 30-year-old equal club legend Thierry Henry’s personal record of seven on the bounce, a situation Cazorla admits he finds rather bizarre.

“I don’t even practice. I have never been one to take penalties [Cazorla laughs]. In Malaga I took one and missed, whereas in Villarreal, Senna and Riquelme were in charge,” the Spaniard told Marca.

“At first, the boss [Wenger] chose me as the second option – the first being Arteta – and, for now, he trusts me. If I manage to get another one, I hope I can continue the run.”

Cazorla has been instrumental for the Gunners this season, and his success from the penalty spot is merely an added bonus to a number of excellent performances in the middle of the pitch.

Predominantly an attacking player, the former Malaga ace has played alongside Francis Coquelin in recent months and his distribution from deep has helped the Gunners to become more creative.

On his new role in the side, Cazorla admits it has been a wonderful transition and receiving the ball more has made it easier to adapt and enjoy himself.

He added: “Wenger opted to put me in this position and I have adapted wonderfully. Although I’m further from the area, I receive the ball more. The more I’m in control with the ball, the better I feel.”

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