Emery and his team certainly had to hit the ground running, as the regular season opener came against an opponent that broke the Premiership records for points, victories, goals, goal differential and title winning margin last season.
It was worth noting that Arsenal were largely wasteful in their counterattacking attempts as a lot of chances went to waste because of poor execution in the final third. The Welshman just returned to training at the end of the week.
Taking possession on the left edge of the Arsenal area, Sterling glided past Hector Bellerin and Guendouzi before drilling a fierce shot that flashed past the unsighted Cech from 18 yards. The major issue is at left-back, where Sead Kolasinac is definitely out and Nacho Monreal is considered doubtful, which may mean Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting. City's left-back missed nearly the entirety of last season through injury, and his overlapping will bring an extra dimension to City's attacking play.
"We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines".
Emery ended by confirming that he will make a late decision on Sunday on who he might start.
While others bemoaned their lack of signings and questioned their club hierarchy's pre-season preparations, most notably Guardiola's nemesis in the red half of Manchester Jose Mourinho, the Catalan had nothing but praise for his squad and his employers, saying: "I can not complain for one minute".
GK Petr Cech, 5 - It would appear that, for now at least, Cech has held off the challenge off the younger and more expensive Bernd Leno to remain first choice. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the fixture.
MF Granit Xhaka, 5 - Guendouzi might well have expected considerable support from the more experienced Xhaka, but the Swiss was no more effective in the midfield battle.
It is definitely a truism that Arsenal seem to roll over when faced by the big teams, and you can't get much bigger than Man City at the moment.