"The Premier League is different to how it was 20 years ago, when City and Chelsea weren't the same teams, and Everton were stronger".
Despite a heroic exit from the Emirates with fans paying tribute to their departing manager it had been a hard last period of his managerial spell with the north London club. Even now, four months later, I still say it: "'We are in the beginning!'".
The Gunners slipped out of Champions League contention towards the end of Arsene Wenger's iconic reign, with the Frenchman unable to deliver elite European competition in his last two seasons.
"Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated the 1-0 (win) and was based on defensive solidity".
"Then with Arsene, joy was taken from attacking too and the flawless blend was the "Invincibles" team".
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.
"But over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, and the team lost the defensive structure".
I spoke yesterday about how important the substitutions will be in this match, but what it will come down to are the players on the pitch.
He added: "I want to create a team that know how to exploit the space, are able to counter-attack, or when there's no space, calmly find a way to create openings". And I think if we want to be in the top four we need to improve things. "But it's good, it's good", Emery said. Arsenal was in a decline. "I talked with a lot of people who had interacted with him in his time and it was very reassuring". We had to stop it and start climbing.
The Gunners have failed to qualify for Europe's elite club competition for two seasons in a row having finished sixth and fifth respectively in their last two league campaigns.
And that appears to be what Emery has managed already.