Guardiola says Sergio Aguero must earn a new contract at Manchester City even though he is the club’s highest record goalscorer.
Accoring to record, the Argentine has scored 254 goals for City and been a major part of four Premier League title triumphs, including his famous last-gasp winner in 2012.
However, Guardiola, who is also in the final season of his deal, believes the 32-year-old needs to prove his fitness and form in subsequent months.
“The important thing is that Sergio comes back in good physical condition, starts to get his rhythm, doesn’t get more injuries and plays good,” Guardiola said.
“We know what he means for us, we know how we appreciate him, but now he has to show like every one of us, me first, that we deserve to continue here and playing good and winning games.”
Aguero played a major role in City’s goal against Arsenal, moving forward to feed Phil Foden, with Raheem Sterling finishing after Bernd Leno could only parry the midfielder’s shot.
But Aguero was also involved in a moment of controversy in the second half when he put his arm on the shoulder of assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis.
The image provoked a wave of criticism of the striker, but Guardiola defended his player’s actions.
“Come on guys. Sergio is the nicest person I ever met in my life,” he added. “Look for problems in other situations, not in this one.