Sterling's representatives had opened talks on a new deal before the World Cup finals this summer, the player having enjoyed an eye-catching season in scoring 18 league goals to help City secure the title, only to postpone those discussions before the tournament. But we are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay. And the team for 90 minutes, they ran, they tried, they pushed, but I think we need to improve [everything], collectively and also individually. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget the social media!"
"With Unai, we work specifically (what) we want to do and how we want to do it". His goal drought with England stands at 26 appearances and nearly three years.
"Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball", Emery told Sky Sports.
"We are not going to judge what is going to happen after one game but we try to respond, we try to be ourselves".
Guardiola defended Sterling's goalscoring record. Emery tends to shift between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, but probably needs three solid midfielders against this City side. Raheem had this special relationship with English football, but he's so loved in the locker room.
FW Mesut Ozil, 6 - After the fallout from the World Cup, Ozil would have had every motivation to make a positive impact upon this game.
"They have to feel and be at a high level, and know the team-mates will be in their position", 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.
"We played a high level considering the lack of physical condition for numerous players who arrived back late after the World Cup", he said.
He said: "Mendy is Mendy".
It is quite a statement after only one match but he was a player who Jurgen Klopp was determined to bring to Anfield, and against West Ham on Sunday you could see why. "Hopefully we can convince him to be calm and forget a bit the social media and focus on what he has to do".
Arsenal comes into the game as an unknown due to the end of the Arsene Wenger period.
With Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both ruled out through injury, Danny Welbeck was trialled by Emery at left-back in the build-up to Sunday's game at Emirates Stadium. Manchester City are working in their third year with Guardiola.
Emery, meanwhile, will know he has much to do, even before a hard derby with Chelsea next weekend.