By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Gunners picked up a crucial three points against the Baggies courtesy of two converted penalties by Arteta, and Wenger's men are now seventh in the table but just two points behind fourth placed Everton.
Given that Arteta missed a last minute penalty which would have won Arsenal the game against Fulham last month, not many were expecting the former Everton player to step up to the plate when the Gunners were awarded a penalty for Steven Reid's foul on Santi Cazorla.
And Wenger commended the 30-year-old for showing great character to bounce back from the penalty miss against the Cottagers to lead the Gunners to victory.
"When you miss a penalty in the last minute of a game and you come back and you take two, you can only take your hat off," Wenger was quoted as saying by the official Arsenal website.
"It is not easy to do what he did.
"It's funny because the keeper thought he had missed one on his right, so next time [went to] his left and he [Arteta] put it in the middle twice.
"It demands some nerves. He could be a good poker player.
"He is a winner. He is ready to fight to win.
"In the game, he shows that as well."
Arsenal will take on struggling Reading in their next Premier League fixture.