On Arnautovic’s absence being felt too, Zabaleta added: “This is what I am saying, that’s why we need to improve.
“It’s seems like for a few moments we can play good [football], but for some moments in the game we just gave the ball away so cheaply.
“We need to be more consistent, we need to be a good team from the first minute to the end. With the ball, without the ball, sometimes we were so sloppy in the game and that is no good.
“We lost Marko [on Friday] with a high fever, he was sick and ill, [Pedro] Obiang out too. It seems like every time we have a problem with some players we cannot keep everyone fit for a long period, everyone being consistent.