"But then we will see on Sunday on the pitch how the team responds against Manchester City". City, I think, after two years of working with Guardiola they have more stability, more security and when you watch City's matches, they are playing with a very, very great confidence in themselves. There was a lack of accountability in the team last season and the same players kept getting picked.
It's a fresh start for everyone at the club and what better way to continue the new found positivity surrounding Arsenal than with an opening day win against City. Mauricio Pochettino's men have finished above them for the past two seasons.
Emery has commented recently that he wants his team to play like City, and he will demand intensity and pressing that was often lacking from his predecessor's teams. While his technical acumen is on par with the best in the business, the English Premier League is altogether a different proposition for any manager.
However, this could be a good time to play them.
Sead Kolasinac is set for an extended spell on the sidelines while Nacho Montreal only returned to training earlier this week following an injury. Mendy is expected to start against the Gunners. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture.
After all the pre-match hype, Danny Welbeck is not even in the Arsenal squad, let alone at left-back.
Bernd Leno is expected to be preferred in goal to Petr Cech, with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis the centre-back pairing. Arsenal is a good opponent to manage a win as Manchester City have been proved powerful in their recent clashes.
Wenger's remarkable feats in the first half of his reign will stand the test of time, but few Arsenal supporters lamented his departure after 14 years without a league title.
Manchester City will welcome back Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne after both were passed fit for the game.