Mikel Arteta has admitted he is working hard to change his touchline behaviour in order to better represent Arsenal.
Arteta received criticism for his conduct last season and has been booked twice already this term – meaning a third yellow card would result in a one-game touchline ban.
But the Gunners boss insists he is making a “conscious effort” to act differently despite the competitive nature of top level football.
“Sometimes when I look at myself and I’m so agitated I think it can sometimes give an image that is not the best, mainly for the club,” he told reporters on Friday.
“It’s difficult to accept some decisions when you are in the heat (of the moment), because you are representing the club and you want to defend them. That’s what drives me.
“It’s to defend the players, to defend the club. Nothing else. It’s not about me.
“You are there to be on it and make sure that we are the best we can be and the most competitive we possibly can be. That’s the drive, nothing else.
“I think I am changing. If you think differently, let me know. But I have made a conscious effort.”
The prospect of a ban was something Arteta is taking seriously, but not too seriously, quipping, “I don’t know why we get three yellows and the players can have five.
“You know, we are there every minute of every game. Some players are on the bench, sometimes they are injured, but we are there. We can have only three yellows.
“Players can’t. It’s not fair, no?!”