He faces a Guardiola who is now fully into the swing of things at Manchester City and had an unparalleled domestic campaign past year where City racked up 100 points.
However, Guardiola says the pair arrived back from their holiday's in great condition and will therefore be available for selection against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
The former Everton starlet will start alongside Aymeric Laporte, whose lack of experience in the Premier League means that Stones will certainly have to take charge of the backline.
"When we were in Spain each match against Barcelona with Valencia is very exciting and very demanding for me also to prepare this match".
"I have a lot of respect for his career, starting from the bottom and making an excellent career, winning titles and making his teams hard".
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.
Guardiola said: "People say we now have to forget what we did last season".
"Everybody is able to dream", he added.
Initially Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva were the tipped partnership in the centre of midfield, however a prolonged rest for both players means the Portugal worldwide should enter the fray for the Sky Blues' season opener.
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Manchester City have only won two of their last nine visits to the Emirates, one of those wins though was last season's 3-0 victory where the Citizens were three goals ahead in the first 33 minutes.
We start again. That is why it is fascinating, it is a new challenge. That's why it's fascinating.
The Croatian World Cup hero would be a welcomed addition to the lacklustre Arsenal backline, a problem which Emery has highlighted as his side's biggest weakness over the summer transfer window.
"It's not about winning back-to-back, it's to be ourselves".
Riyad Mahrez on the other hand, unlike Leroy Sane, had a very good game.
"My main thing is to start the Premier League, the cup, the Europa League and then my objective is to improve each player with their qualities and our work with them". Kyle Walker will overlap more for City than for England, where he was shifted inside into a back three.
"Forget how much Liverpool have spent because they may have spent a lot but last season they were a good team as well".
"Maybe Tottenham couldn't spend because of the stadium, but Chelsea - imagine Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic and [N'Golo] Kante in midfield, and [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Pedro and [Alvaro] Morata in front".