It’s Arsenal vs Manchester City this weekend (25 February) as they fight for the Carabao cup title. Manchester City is in a great form this season and they are almost unbeatable whereas Arsenal is in a sloppy form. But Arsenal has a very good record at Wembley, they have won 9 out of 10 games at Wembley and with the recent signing of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan they can challenge City for the title. Arsenal last won this tournament in the 92-93 season whereas City won it recently in 13-14 and 15-16.
As Arsenal face City we look at 5 players who have played for both Manchester City and Arsenal…
5. SAMIR NASRI
Signed for around £12m from Marseille in 2008, Nasri immediately became a key part of the Arsenal team, playing 44 games, scoring seven goals and providing five assists in his first season at the Emirates. A broken leg halted his progress a little the following campaign before the Frenchman hit 15 goals in all competitions in 2010/11. Nasri played 125 games and scored 27 goals for the gunners.
That impressive haul earned Nasri a move to City, who splashed out £25m on his signature. Having controversially moved in search of silverware, the attacking midfielder got his wish by being part of the teams which won the title in 2012 and 2014, before his eventual departure from the Etihad in summer 2017. He also won the Community Shield in 2012 and the League cup in 2013-14. Nasri played a total of 171 games for City and scored 26 goals in that process.
4. GAEL CLICHY
Clichy is the only man to have made more than 125 appearances for each club, having played 264 games for Arsenal and already north of 200 for Man City. The Frenchman moved to England from Cannes in 2003, immediately winning the title as part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles.
In his first season, he was largely back-up to Ashely Cole but played enough to become the youngest player, at 18 years and 10 months, to win the Premier League in Arsenal’s undefeated campaign.
In 2011, Clichy moved to City for a fee of around £7.5 million. He moved in search of some silverware and like Nasri he won 2 Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014. He also won 2 League cups and a community shield.
With Arsenal, Clichy won a golden Premier League trophy in 2003-04, and an FA Cup in 2004-05.
3. KOLO TOURE
A member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team, Toure spent seven seasons with the Gunners and made more than 300 appearances during his time at the club. Toure was also one of the defenders who helped the Arsenal team reach the 2006 UEFA Champions League final after keeping 10 consecutive clean sheets. The Ivory Coast international joined City in 2009 for £14 million.
Toure was appointed club captain by Mark Hughes but had the armband taken away from him at the start of the 2010/11 season when Roberto Mancini took over. He was still a part of Mancini’s first-team plans and would go on to win a Premier League title, FA Cup, and Community Shield.
2. NICOLAS ANELKA
Nicolas Anelka’s record at Arsenal was undeniably outstanding.He signed for the Gunners in February 1997 at age 17 for £500,000.
He was an instant success. His pace and calmness in front of goal were remarkable, and in 1998/99, he scored 17 league goals, finishing as top scorer, and won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
He made 90 appearances and scored 28 goals for Arsenal but left in 1999 and signed for Real Madrid for £22.3 million.
After spells with PSG and Liverpool, he signed for City during Kevin Keegan’s tenure and was a class apart for much of his time there, scoring 45 goals in three seasons for the Blues.
1. PATRICK VIEIRA
An inspirational captain, influential midfielder and all-around Arsenal legend, Vieira remains one of the greatest ever Premier League signings following his £3.5m move to north London in 1996. The Frenchman was the driving force behind three title triumphs and three FA Cup successes, with his final kick in an Arsenal shirt sealing victory over Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final.
He returned to England with Man City in 2010, playing 46 games before calling it a day 18 months later. He was appointed the club’s Football Development Executive soon after and is currently manager of the sister side New York City in MLS.
His contribution to City as a player was minimal in comparison to what he gave Arsenal, but he is the finest player to have appeared for the two clubs.
It concludes our list of the players who have played for both of the clubs. There are going to be many more players who will play for both Arsenal and City in the future. And we are going to keep you updated with all the transfers, rumors and deals.
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