Friendships between team-mates can be a key facet when it comes to improving team morale and Goal understands that Emery's high-intensity training sessions have been welcomed by the Arsenal squad this summer. Michael Cox looks at the tactics, Alan Thompson provides the betting lowdown.
"They are signings who will do the basics and do them well".
The last two matches between the Gunners and the Citizens have ended in a six-goal aggregate win for Guardiola's City.
The task is cut out for Emery at his new club - to redirect Arsenal towards the path of glory but how he handles the fundamental drawbacks at his new home and formulates a strategy to draw out the best of his players will be defining for Arsenal's fortunes this season. With Sead Kolasinac's knee injury keeping him out of action for the next two months, Nacho Monreal is the natural replacement for the Bosnian.
It remains to be seen how much football Cech, now second in the pecking order, plays this season as Arsene Wenger in recent years used to utilised his second-string stopper in the cup competitions but it's not known whether Emery will do the same.
Ederson, Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mendy, Danilo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus. Arsenal are likely to welcome another debutant, the feisty but creative Lucas Torreira, in their deepest role.
Midfield: Aaron Ramsey is in contention after recovering from a minor calf injury that kept him out of the friendlies with Chelsea and Lazio so he should start in midfield. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get the nod over Alexandre Lacazette to lead the line. For Welbeck, a late return from post World Cup break rules him out. Kyle Walker will overlap more for City than for England, where he was shifted inside into a back three.
"It's going to be fascinating how Emery deals with that".
For Emery, the message to Arsenal supporters is that they must not be fretful. Ederson, meanwhile, has a very long kick he's not afraid to showcase, despite City's focus on possession.
"I have a lot of respect for his career, starting from the bottom and making an excellent career, winning titles and making his teams hard".
Manchester City's club-record scorer netted 21 times in just 25 appearances as his side stormed to the title, and he will be hoping to get off to another quick start when they begin their defence against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.