"We have a lot of ambition to start well on Sunday against the last winners of the Premier League".
"I said to him when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance in his career from this player - and to work for that", Emery said of the former Manchester United man. When you watch their matches, they play with great confidence and Guardiola's coaching is clear in this team.
Arsenal have plenty of options in attack, and Emery, to bring the best out of Mesut Ozil, will likely place him in his preferred No. 10 position. After utterly dominating the English top flight last season, Pep Guardiola and company will now try and replicate that while focusing their efforts in Europe as well.
In steps Unai Emery, the Spanish manager who recently led French giants Paris Saint-Germain, attempting to fill some pretty big shoes at the Emirates.
So I think that Arsenal will have a revolutionary line-up with safety in mind, but also introducing many of his new arrivals and featuring all of his vice-captains. Forget the World Cup and everything else, it's a new challenge. It included two Premier League fixtures and a League Cup final.
Emery said he is working hard toward instilling a new mentality in the team, but that it could take time. Although they have only managed 2 wins in their last 12 meetings with the reigning champions.
The biggest concern for the Arsenal boss was Aaron Ramsey's involvement in the game, owing to the Welshman's recent absence due to a calf injury. But. He was due to play against Chelsea in the club's penultimate pre-season friendly match but was injured in the warm-up. Mendy is expected to start against the Gunners.
He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign previous year where City racked up 100 points.
Bernd Leno is expected to be preferred in goal to Petr Cech, with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis the centre-back pairing. Lucas Torreira moved to Arsenal from Sampdoria in a 26.4 m deal and will be entrusted with the role of marking David Silva.