The former Sevilla manager also stated Arsenal's aim of becoming Premier League champions for the first time since 2004: "It's clear, the aim for the club is to arrive as champions, play for titles". Perhaps we'll see more from him when Lucas Torreira is installed as his regular partner.
"We finished with the spirit I want". This was where we left off last season: electric going forward, but capable of slowing the game down and dominating the ball when necessary. His goal drought with England stands at 26 appearances and nearly three years.
Guardiola defended Sterling's goalscoring record.
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. Raheem had this special relationship with English football, but he's so loved in the locker room.
"He made some good moves in the World Cup, the way he created spaces for others". With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane not even in the starting line-up, City's strength in depth is frightening.
Key to City's bid for continual improvement is the competition in the squad which requires the players maintain high standards, Guardiola said.
The Gunners were far too structured and predictable, nearly robotic as they consistently played short passes out from the back at every opportunity. Monreal, however, came back from the World Cup with a knock and was unable to take part in any pre-season training or matches since his return.
Set what happened on the pitch aside, this was a huge day for Arsenal.
He said: "Mendy is Mendy".
"Mendy has a lot of things to improve. Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"
The contest was the Gunners' first Premier League game without Arsene Wenger for 22 seasons and Emery's first competitive one since taking over.
"Yes", Emery said when asked if Aubameyang should be challenging for the Golden Boot. But in these two moments in the match, we need to work.
Kyle Walker (8/10): A strong display from the English global, who made the most number of clearances than any Manchester City player on the pitch.
It was a baptism of fire for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who was left in no uncertain terms about the gulf in quality between his resources and those Guardiola at Guardiola's disposal.