"And [we are] keeping a lot of the good ideas they were working with here, and also bringing my new [ideas] for how to improve in the tactical things, or my idea to transmit to the players my spirit".
The Gunners appointed Emery early in the summer so he had ample time to prepare, but he was not the Arsenal board's first choice and their primary target, Mikel Arteta, will take his seat on the visitors' bench on Sunday.
Arsenal are an unknown quantity going into the new campaign, something which should excite and also intrigue fans. "But we are starting a new way, and a new process", he said.
In a competitive squad, where Pep Guardiola has a plethora of options in attack, Bernardo Silva would do very well to fend off teammates Raheem Sterling and David Silva for consistency in the team.
And at half-time, Neville then claimed Emery shouldn't be too upset with the first half despite Arsenal being outplayed.
Unlike Arsenal, Guardiola's team are a force all over the pitch.
The former Paris Saint Germain boss hasn't made sweeping changes to the side, but has carefully selected a few key pieces that supporters are hoping leads them back into the top four again.
The pair missed the Community Shield last week after returning to training late following the World Cup.
City have great depth, though, and the Gunners could be in for a hard afternoon as they try to welcome their new era in with a win on Sunday.
The saga concerning Aaron Ramsey's contract situation is yet to come to a close but fans will be thankful that the Wales worldwide enters the season with the club and has battled back from a knock to be in contention to feature on Sunday.