Arsenal and Manchester City have had numerous connections over the past 30 years, especially with a number of recent high-profile transfers between the two clubs. Some of these players were involved in direct transfers while some took indirect route. Today we will have at such 10 players who played both for Arsenal and Manchester City.
Here is the list of players who played both for Arsenal and Manchester City –
10. Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri is one of the most recent players who played both for Arsenal and Manchester City.Arsene Wenger again used his extensive French contacts to pluck a young Nasri from the country. He was compared to Zinedine Zidane on arrival.
Samir Nasri flourished under Arsene Wenger’s guidance and had three productive years with the club before joining City in 2011 for £25 million. He played 125 times for Arsene Wenger’s side and was nominated for both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year award after his breakthrough season in 2010/11.
In his debut season Nasri helped City win their first ever Premier League title and then added another one to the trophy cabinet in 2014. He has also won the Community Shield and a League Cup there.
9. Gael Clichy
Wenger personally went to Clichy’s family household in Tournefeuille, France, to convince him to sign for Arsenal and in 2003 he joined the club. 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.
Clichy become Arsenal’s first choice left-back for 4 seasons after the departure of Ashley Cole in August 2006. The Frenchman had arguably the best season of his career in 2007/08 appearing in a career-high and team-best 49 matches and was the only player in the team to appear in all 38 league matches.
He joined City in 2011 having made 264 appearances for the Gunners.Like Nasri, he has found silverware after his move to City. The left-back has twice won the Premier League – again helping the club to their first ever title – and also the League Cup and Community Shield.
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.
Dickov started his career with Arsenal, where he won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1994, but often struggled to hold a place in the first team and spent time on loan with Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion before moving to Manchester City in 1996 who were then in Division One.
Over six seasons at the club, Dickov experienced two promotions and two relegation, playing in three different divisions.Dickov’s most memorable goal,a 15-yard, top corner injury time equaliser,came in the final of the promotion playoffs against Gillingham. Dickov’s 95th-minute goal took the game to extra time, and the Manchester team ultimately won to earn promotion to the First Division.
On 22 February 2002 he moved to Leicester City for £150,000.Dickov re-joined Manchester City on 26 May 2006, signing a two-year contract.He was released by the club at the end of the 2007-08 season.