Unai Emery may have given his first potential excuse in case Arsenal fail to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.
Apparently, it is because the Premier League is “difficult”.
“Getting to the Champions League is our demand,” Emery admitted. “We want to play in the Champions League but also we know, or process needs to be with patience because there are another five very strong teams with very good players and very big performances.
“The Premier League is the most difficult championship in all the world. There is not another country with this difficulty to take the top four places and play in the Champions League.
“Maybe now in Spain, they have something similar – Valencia are struggling for the top four also. But here the biggest teams in the world play in one championship.”
“We want to get with this club to point where we the best club in England and the world,” he said. “But it is a long process. Sometimes, like today, we need to talk about patience.”
“We decided two weeks ago to do it for Wednesday’s game,” he said. “Otherwise it would have had to be for this game on Sunday.
“It was not possible for him to miss the matches next week against Valencia or Brighton instead.
Sunday’s fixture against Leicester will put extra pressure on the Gunners, and the team management will be hoping for Aubameyang to feature after being dropped for the Wolves game.