"Two years later, they were in the final of the Champions League".
The Gunners travel to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon as Premier League action returns following the global break.
Arsenal lost to Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two league games of the season and haven't lost since but face Spurs and Manchester United back-to-back at the beginning of December in their biggest tests since the opening games.
Pires, who was part of Arsenal's Invincibles side that went 49 games without defeat and clinched the title in 2004, believes Emery is fully vindicating the Gunners' decision to appoint him as Arsene Wenger's successor. "They have outstanding attacking players and a Bournemouth good look about their team at the moment, we know it's going to be tough".
"But we need time, we need work. Every match is a test, another test for Rob to do that".
"The Premier League is our priority, and our objective in terms of the table is to finish in the top four", Emery said on www.arsenal.com.
Arsenal appointed Unai Emery as their new boss during the summer transfer window and within such a short span of time, the former PSG boss has worked wonders with the club.
"Today I was speaking in the dressing room with the players for half an hour, different things, tactically and other things", Emery told Sky Sports.
Bournemouth and Arsenal have been operating at very different ends of the football pyramid over the years but Sunday lunchtime's Premier League fixture sees the team ranked sixth in the table host the side now occupying fifth place. That's very good for us. "We need to be demanding and here I want every player to be at that high level".
"Sixteen games without losing, that's fantastic".