"Two years later, they were in the final of the Champions League".
However, Arsenal responded in style with a seven-game winning run to mount an impressive top-four challenge and close ground on Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal are 16 games unbeaten and they looked pumped up in training to extend that run against Bournemouth on Sunday.
The Spaniard outlines his bold ambition and says the Gunners must take inspiration from Liverpool.
"I don't think Arsenal will be so lucky this time, however".
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"That's a good example for us - maybe we cannot do the same, because it's very, very hard and they worked very well with [Jurgen] Klopp to get to this, but the difference between us and other teams now - Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea - we can reach the same level as them".
"We need to work and the high level needs to stay".
Speaking ahead of Sunday's fixture with Bournemouth, live on Sky Sports, Emery outlined how Arsenal are taking things one step at a time in hope of achieving their goals.
Arsenal haven't won the Premier League since 2004, but are now enjoying a fine run of form, having gone 16 games unbeaten in all competitions. That's very good for us. That is a lot.
"Sixteen games without losing, that's fantastic. The key thing for us and what we have found is that if one to 11 we are Bournemouth will then we have a chance - if we have two or three off the pace then these games are very hard to get anything out of". "That is not enough at the moment".