Yaya Toure scores Manchester City's third goal against West Bromwich Albion yesterday.
Kevin De Bruyne was the architect of that opening goal and within two minutes, the Belgian playmaker had put his side 2-0 up, via a superb first-time finish.
Arsenal are trying to steal City's place but manager Arsene Wenger believes it could be hard for his side because some teams are "having a breezer" instead of competing until the end of the season.
Here, we sit down with Zabaleta and discuss his time at the Etihad.
"We made 71 points and were second". "We go to London to win the game".
"When everything happens and it's not so good, you can change the manager".
With two games left to play and Arsenal trailing by three points, losing a match might prove costly for the fourth placed City who are in a danger of not finishing the season in the top four and losing a chance to qualify for next season's Champions League. The Manchester side has a goal differential of +36, compared with +33 for Liverpool and +31 for Arsenal.
"When I first came to Manchester I felt like when I was in Barcelona at Espanyol, we were not the main club in the city - we can't say the same thing now", Zabaleta said.
'It took so much work over many years.
They had the best of the first half, with Hector Bellerin striking the outside of the post from one of a succession of home attacks.
Guardiola said: "It was a ideal night, especially for Pablo".
But the 46-year-old Spaniard feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can protect him only so far. City made it to the semifinal of the FA Cup, but was knocked out by Arsene Wenger's team at Wembley.
Citizens boss Pep Guradiola was given an injury boost last week after star duo Sergio Aguero and John Stones recovered from injury.
The hosts all but settled matters shortly before the hour mark when Toure exchanged passes with Aguero before slotting clinically past Foster.
It was confirmed on Saturday that full-back Zabaleta will leave City at the end of this season after nine years at the club, with West Ham his likely destination. It will probably be my last game in a City shirt in front of the fans.
With Zabaleta on for the final 30 minutes, City lost their intensity somewhat and sub Robson-Kanu was able to convert Allon Nyom's low cross on 87 minutes to register for the Baggies.