4 footballers who have played for both Manchester City and Arsenal
- These footballers found decent success in both Manchester and North London.
Manchester City and Arsenal are going to face each other in a crucial Premier League game today at the Etihad Stadium. City are at 2nd position in the league table and Arsenal are at 5th. City have rose to prominence in English football in the past 10 years or so, and have won the Premier League title thrice in the last 8 years.
On the other hand, Arsenal have won the Premier League title 13 times and are one of the traditional heavyweights of English football. However, they have not been able to win the Premier League title since 2004.
Both clubs have had some legendary players playing for them. However, there have not been too many players who have played for both.
Here are four footballers who have played for both clubs:
#1 Kolo Toure
Toure was one of the best centre-backs in the world in the 2000s and had a very successful stint with Arsenal. He was signed by the Gunners in 2002 and played for them for 7 seasons. He formed a very successful centre-back pairing with Sol Campbell and helped Arsenal win the Premier League title undefeated in the 2003-04 season.
Arsenal also made it to the Champions League final in 2005-06 before losing to Barcelona. Toure was a very crucial player for Arsenal and was a very strong and fast defender. He was a great man-marker and a strong tackler. He was not very tall, but remained quite strong in the air too.
He also scored 14 goals in 329 matches for Arsenal. He was subsequently signed by Manchester City in 2009. He played under Roberto Mancini at City and helped them win the Premier League in 2011-12. Toure remains one of the few players to have won the Premier League title for two different clubs.
However, he found it increasingly difficult to make it to the starting eleven for City in course of time. With the advent of younger defenders like Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, Toure began to warm the bench frequently and finally left City in 2013. He scored 3 goals in 102 matches for City.