Mancini - Zab just fab
Roberto Mancini has hailed unsung hero Pablo Zabaleta for his contribution to Manchester City's win over Arsenal.
Last Updated: 19/12/11 6:45pm
Roberto Mancini has hailed unsung hero Pablo Zabaleta for his contribution to Manchester City's crucial Premier League win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Capable of operating in midfield, the South American filled in at right-back during the defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but on Sunday, with Gael Clichy missing, Zabaleta switched flanks and succeeded in pinning down Theo Walcott.
Mancini felt his contribution was key to City's eventual triumph and he hailed the attitude of the South American.
The City boss said: "In a top team there are 11 players.
"But if we want to win and improve, we need to have 20 good players that have a good attitude.
"Pablo is a very clever player.
"He knew before the game it would be difficult. I told him if he played very well against Theo Walcott we would probably win the game."
The 26-year-old shrugged off the plaudits, insisting it was all part of the service.
"We had some problems with Gael Clichy suspended and Aleksandar Kolarov injured," said Zabaleta.
"But I have played many games at left-back. It was no problem.
"I just want to do my best for the team."