Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal need to better control their emotions after a string of FA attacks.
The Gunners were fined £40,000 for failing to control a player in a goalless draw with Newcastle United on Friday after appealing a last-minute penalty at the Emirates Stadium.
Another accusation then sided with Arteta for making a similar appeal in their FA Cup third-round victory over Oxford United, with Arsenal’s actions in both matches drawing criticism.
Sunday’s North London derby against Tottenham will test Arsenal’s ability to control their temper as they try to maintain their top spot in the Premier League.
Arteta faced questions about the charges at the pre-match press conference, admitting his team needs to do better on that front, but feels he can’t control his emotions.
“I care a lot especially about the club’s reputation. I can’t control mine. I am who I am,” he said.
“I try to do my best to protect the players and protect the club, but it comes down to certain people who don’t like it.
“It’s not that I don’t care. But I care more, especially when I’m at work. When I’m sitting at home, I care what my wife thinks and what other people think. But you don’t care.
“But when I’m in the public eye, I care a lot. [about] What can we do for the club, what can we do to protect our players? And this is my role as well.
“I agree that what can be controlled must be controlled and there are some things that could be done better.
“That’s what big teams do, and it’s the end for the next team, and you can draw or lose, and that can mean very different situations.
“When you’re not playing, when your opponent is better than you, when you make a wrong decision, when you fail to complete an action the way it’s supposed to be, when someone makes an error. But the next game is over. must let
“And hopefully we’ve learned it, so we’re going to do it. But in this league, there’s no guarantee that the next game will be competitive and the next game will be competitive. So , you must acquire it.