Zabaleta is the ultimate utility player

Updated: December 20, 2011, 2:51 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Manchester City and Arsenal both had their best two left backs out of action this past weekend. Roberto Mancini was missing Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy, while Arsene Wenger had to make do without Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs.

City was better suited to cope for various reasons. First, it clearly has a larger squad than Arsenal with greater options across the pitch. Second, Mancini at least had the rest of his defense available, while Arsenal also was suffering from ...

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