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.
Rather than ask his players to eradicate that glory from their minds, as Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson might have done in order to start again, Guardiola is demanding they remember what made them such sparkling winners.
This should be an entertaining Sunday afternoon game, the Gunners only failed to score once at home last season, but it was against today's opponents and City only failed to score once on the road (0-0 Crystal Palace) so it's really no surprise to see both teams to score and Over 2.5 goals trading at short odds on around the [1.5] mark.
Emery arrives with a good reputation having won the Europa League three times with Sevilla and most recently worked at Paris Saint-Germain. This season we don't know. That's the basic principle, ' he urged.
City kick off the league campaign with one "title" already in their trophy cabinet, after last weekend's comfortable Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
The Greek global was brought earlier this summer, in order to provide more steel in the backline following the retirement of Per Mertesacker at the end of last season. The important thing is to be ourselves. Now when I say something they know exactly what I want to do.
Man city is nearly the ideal squad with a mix of experience (Silva, Kompany, Fernandinho) and youngsters such as Gabriel Jesus and lightning-quick Leroy Sane, not to forget the lethal duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero. Some like Kevin de Bruyne and John Stones had excellent tournaments but others like Gabriel Jesus struggled.
Guardiola admits it's not part of the job he likes.
Although the competition hardly carries the weight of other trophies, it was an emphatic statement from City that they are ready to continue where they left off last season. It hurts a lot.
Liverpool are one of the favourites to win the Premier League this season after making some good signings in the summer transfer window. But Sunday, we need to show on the pitch our performance at a big level.
Eventually, Stones might be deployed as a holding midfielder with City losing out to Chelsea in the race for Jorginho.
Speaking ahead of his side's opening game at Arsenal, live on Sky Sports, Guardiola said: "We were the best, definitely, no doubts about that, but we don't play alone".