Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta on win over Arsenal: It's a massive win

Updated: 20 December, 2016 10:22 IST | PA Sport |

Zabaleta says City's comeback 2-1 victory over Arsenal underlines his team's intent of fighting hard for the title and capitalising on any Chelsea slip-ups

Man City players celebrate a goal during the Premier League tie vs Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

Manchester: Pablo Zabaleta has not given up on Premier League glory, warning runaway leaders Chelsea that Manchester City have the personnel and personality to capitalise on any slip-up.

Last weekend's 4-2 humbling at Leicester led to questions about City's style and substance, yet they responded manfully by overcoming Watford and then coming from behind against title rivals Arsenal.

Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling strikes cancelled out Theo Walcott's early opener to run out 2-1 victors, with Zabaleta underlining the importance of a win that propelled them into second. "It was massive," the right-back said after City won a Premier League match they were trailing in at the break for the first time since November 2012. We had been talking before the game that it was a huge game for both teams because we are two teams that are looking to try to catch Chelsea, trying to reduce that gap to them.

Pablo Zabaleta

"We know they are on a run of games and a real solid team at the moment, but of course we are not going to give up. We have confidence and belief. There's a long way to go until the end of the season.

"We showed in the last two games that playing that way we are one of those teams that can fight for the title for sure."

Sunday, though, was the first statement result they have had in the league at the Etihad Stadium and a platform that Zabaleta believes can be built upon. "We always try to be a solid team, especially when we play at home. It was really good. We were solid at the back. We conceded that early goal but the reaction of the team was really good.

First Published: 20 December, 2016 08:29 IST

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