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 –
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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.
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Rocastle is seen as an iconic and legendary figure by many fans of the Gooners, with his name being emblazoned upon the stadium of the club.
He won two league titles with Arsenal, including one of the most dramatic of all time in 1989, when Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield in the final match of the season, meaning they won the league on goals scored. Rocastle played in every game that season.
On 23 July 1992, after nearly a decade at Arsenal, Rocastle was sold to reigning league champions Leeds United.After two season with Leeds United, he joined City, where he made 21 Premier League games. City finished 16th in Rocastle’s one season at the club, and they sold him to Chelsea for £1.25 million.
He died in 2001, aged just 33, after suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Niall Quinn spent seven years at Arsenal in total, and won the League Cup in 1987. He scored 20 goals in 81 starts.
At City, he became a club legend. Signed for £800,000 in 1990, he scored on his debut,against Chelsea, and went on to bag 22 in his first season under Howard Kendall.
He went on to spend six years at the club, scoring 78 goals in 245 appearances; his time at City was hampered by a cruciate ligament injury in 1993–94. Although he returned to the side the following season, he managed just eight goals from 35 games.
His most notable game for City was 20 April 1991 when he scored early on and saved a penalty as City beat Derby County 2–1, relegating Derby in the process.Man City’s goalkeeper Tony Coton had been sent off before half time for fouling Saunders to concede the penalty.
Quinn left for Sunderland for a club record fee of £1.3 million in 1996.
On 13 January 2006, Arsenal signed Adebayor for a reported £3m.The Togolese striker scored 62 goals for Arsenal and was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2007. After flirting with AC Milan and Barcelona in the summer of 2008, Adebayor put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract at Arsenal.
He signed a five-year contract with Manchester City in 2009, only lasted three and almost half of that was on loan. Adebayor got off to a flyer when he scored in his opening four City games, becoming one of only six players to do so for a new club. But it went downhill from there.
His most memorable moment being when he scored against Arsenal and ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his old fans.
He is definitely one of the most controversial players who played both for Arsenal and Manchester City.
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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.
Arsenal’s legend David Seaman spent 13 years at the club. He won three league titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup, a Cup Winners’ Cup and a UEFA Cup. It was a glittering period, and Seaman was a vital component in the club’s success. He made 656 appearances for the North London side.
Voted seventh in the list of Arsenal’s 50 Greatest Players,Seaman was England’s undisputed No. 1 for much of that time, earning 75 caps.
He joined City in the summer of 2003 after leaving Arsenal, but by January 2004, he had retired at age 40 after a series of errors highlighted his decline.
Seaman played just 26 games for the Blues.
One of the most famus players who played both for Arsenal and Manchester City,Patrick Vieira remains one of the all-time Premier League greats. His contribution for 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.
At Arsenal, he became known as perhaps the best central midfielder in the Premier League, with only Roy Keane coming anywhere close to matching his influence. He signed for Arsenal from AC Milan in 1996 and spent nine seasons with the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
After a spell in Italy with Juventus and Inter Milan, he played his final days at City and helped them win the 2011 FA Cup—the club’s first piece of major silverware in 35 years. He’s an extremely popular figure inside the City Football Group (CFG), and is the head coach of New York City FC in Major League Soccer.
He’s a true legend of the game and possibly a future City manager in waiting.
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