Ever since hitting the Sheikh-pot to teleport past Arsenal into instant title contention, Man City have made a point of rubbing the Gunners noses in it by repeatedly luring the club’s stars north.
However, it has to be wondered how much longer this trend will continue given the moderate impact the ex-Emirates legion have had during their time at the Etihad.
Bacary Sagna is the most recent player to follow what has become a well-worn trail, yet the Mirror report he is already considering moving again having been involved from the off just 12 times all campaign.
Given the record of previous Arsene Wenger proteges to turn their back on north London it’s a wonder he didn’t see it coming…
Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure
The pair moved north to the fledgling superpower during the summer before the 2009/10 campaign for a combined fee in excess of £40m.
Both were initially integral to Mark Hughes’ side with Adebayor banging in 14 goals in 26 league games and his Ivorian colleague appointed club captain as City were pipped to the fourth Champions League spot by Tottenham.
However, things began to unravel for the duo after a single season, with the Togolese striker’s standing in the squad gazumped by not just new signing Edin Dzeko, but Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez too.
Adebayor was loaned to Real Madrid midway through 2010/11 and never played for his parent club again.
Toure, meanwhile, was stripped of the armband by Hughes ahead of his sophomore campaign, but remained a first-team regular until a six-month doping ban ended his season.
However, when he returned to the fold in what was to be the ‘new’ City’s first title-winning campaign he had fallen behind Joleon Lescott in the pecking order – a position from which he never recovered.
Clichy surpassed the 30-start mark in three of his final four seasons with Arsenal, but has yet to do so at City, where he has been duelling for the left-back spot with Aleksandr Kolarov on a more or less weekly basis for the last four campaigns.
If any player to swap Arsenal for the Citizens is an exception to the rule it’s Nasri, yet even his career trajectory could have been more stellar after joining one of the richest clubs in the world.
While the Frenchman has featured regularly for the club, he has endured elongated periods of poor form and the likelihood of him ever replacing David Silva as the main man in attacking midfield looks forlorn.
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