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.
With Bacary Sagna expected to join Manuel Pellegrini’s side when his contract expires next month, Gooner Talk have picked out seven other former Arsenal players who left north London for Manchester over the years.
Here they are:
The former Scotland international joined the youth ranks of Arsenal in 1989 but found first team chances hard to come by with the likes of Ian Wright at the club. After loan spells at both Luton and Brighton, he left Arsenal in 1996 having made 26 appearances and scoring seven goals. The reported fee was rumoured to be in the region of £750,000 and £1 million.
Quinn was promoted to the Arsenal first team after scoring 18 goals in 18 games for the reserve team in the 1985/86 season. The signing of Alan Smith in the 1987 close season meant that Quinn found opportunities hard to come by and he subsequently submitted a written transfer request at the start of the 1989-90 season. City signed Quinn for £800,000 in March 1990.
Voted seventh in the list of Arsenal’s 50 Greatest Players, the goalkeeper played behind the sticks for Arsenal more times than anyone else. Seaman won 10 trophies during his 13-year spell at Highbury and was released in the summer of 2003.
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.
Clichy become Arsenal’s first choice left-back for four 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.
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 moved to City a season later for £25 million and controversially celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring against his old club.
France international 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.
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