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Ahead of their crunch clash on Sunday, offers up a selection of players who have turned out for both Arsenal and Man City.

Direct switches between Arsenal and Manchester City have become something of a regular occurrence in recent years, with City's riches enabling them to pluck players from the ranks of a Premier League rival.

Such business means the Gunners will line up against a number of familiar faces when they go to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday for the latest slug fest between two Premier League heavyweights - in a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports HD1 and in Sky 3D.

There have, however, been a number of players to don the colours of both sides down the years, so this weekend will not provide a new experience for those in red or blue.

With players moving on at ever-increasing speed, it really comes as no surprise to find that Arsenal and City's paths have crossed on a regular basis.

Here, offers up a selection of players to have turned out in North London and the North West, with some big names gracing our latest top ten rundown.

Kolo Toure

Toure's first taste of English football arrived at Highbury, with Arsenal having snapped him up for what was to turn out to be a bargain price of £150,000. Initially regarded as a utility player, Arsene Wenger used the Ivorian in a variety of positions before finally slipping him into his back four. Toure formed part of the 'Invincibles' Arsenal squad that took the Premier League title in 2003/04, while he also picked up two FA Cup winners' medals and graced a UEFA Champions League final during his time in the capital. He opted to move on in the summer of 2009 and City parted with £16million in order to secure his services - offering Arsenal a tidy profit on their initial investment. He has gone on to make over 50 appearances for the Blues, many of them as club captain.

Emmanuel Adebayor

Arguably the most controversial piece of business to have been conducted between Arsenal and Manchester City in recent times involved Adebayor. The Gunners brought the Togolese forward to England in 2006, with Wenger raiding his former employers Monaco for the languid frontman. Arsenal were aware that they were acquiring a mercurial talent, but they helped to turn Adebayor into a household name. He netted at a rate of almost a goal every other game for the Gunners, with the target found 30 times in 2007/08. With his profile soaring, City came calling with a blank cheque in 2009. With his head having been turned, Arsenal cashed in to the tune of £25million, but Gunners supporters have never forgiven the African ace for jumping ship.

Samir Nasri

Another man who is unlikely to be on the Christmas card list of too many Arsenal supporters is Nasri, following his decision to pack his bags for the Etihad Stadium over the summer. Again, much like in Adebayor's case, Arsenal can credit themselves with having helped turn potential into end product when it comes to Nasri. He was already billed as a potential world beater after making the breakthrough at Marseille, but he needed to prove himself at the highest level before he could be considered a true star. Arsenal provided him with a Premier League platform and, over the course of three seasons, Nasri improved year on year at the Emirates. He was, however, allowing his contract to run down all the while and Arsenal were forced to move him on when City offered big money for a player who would be worth nothing to them in 2012. Nasri has taken time to settle at City, but has been back to his best over recent weeks and will be eager to impress on Sunday.

Gael Clichy

The second man to cross the Arsenal-City divide in 2011 was Clichy. His switch passed relatively unnoticed when compared to the furore which surrounded Nasri's move. Clichy decided to make a fresh start in Manchester after coming to the conclusion that he had gone as far as he could at Arsenal. The Frenchman was the Gunners' longest serving player this summer and was the only member of Wenger's squad to have a Premier League winners' medal to his name. Eager to experience such highs again, the jet-heeled full-back found it impossible to ignore City's advances. Clichy penned a four-year contract with the Blues and has helped Roberto Mancini's side make a blistering start to the 2011/12 campaign.

Patrick Vieira

While he will always be best remembered for the time he spent at Highbury, Vieira is still on the payroll at Manchester City. The Frenchman, fresh from hanging up his boots, is currently football development executive at the Etihad. Vieira took that post after announcing his retirement at the end of last season. He ended the campaign with another medal in his pocket, having helped City to FA Cup glory. That prize was placed in a trophy cabinet that boasts an enviable collection of top awards. The majority of those honours were picked up during his time with Arsenal - with the Gunners landing three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with Vieira in their midfield, while he also tasted World Cup and European Championship glory while on Arsenal's books. He left London in 2005 but returned to England at City in 2010, taking in 18 months with the Blues.

Nicolas Anelka

The first bargain buy that Wenger and Arsenal moulded from a rough diamond into a global superstar. Anelka arrived in England as a precociously-gifted teenager and left as one of the most feared frontmen in European football. Anelka's electrifying pace made him a nightmare for defenders to play against and Real Madrid paid £22million in 1999 for a man Arsenal had spent just £500,000 on. The France international struggled to recapture his Gunners form during his time in Spain, but returned to his best when returning to English shores. Following a loan spell at Liverpool, he was snapped up by City in 2002 and netted 45 times in 103 appearances for the Blues.

David Seaman

'Safe Hands' is something of an Arsenal legend, having spent 13 seasons with the club, but it was on the books of City that he eventually hung up his gloves. The England goalkeeper joined Arsenal in 1990 and would go on to make more appearances for the club than any other shot-stopper in their illustrious history. He landed three league titles, four FA Cups, a League Cup and a Cup Winners' Cup during his time with the Gunners, while also becoming the undisputed No.1 for his country. Released by Wenger in 2003, he was subsequently snapped up by City boss Kevin Keegan. Seaman spent less than a season with the Blues, with injuries forcing him to announce his retirement at the age of 40 in January 2004.

Paul Dickov

Before Manchester City fell under billionaire ownership, their supporters were more accustomed to worshipping unsung heroes than World Cup winners. Dickov falls into the category, with the diminutive frontman having won the City fans over with his hard work and knack of grabbing vital goals. He will forever be remembered in the blue half of Manchester for snatching a dramatic 95th minute goal in the club's successful play-off push in 1999, which helped to put the club back on the road to the big time. Dickov actually took in two spells with City, but it was on the books of Arsenal that he broke onto the senior stage. Having emerged through the club's youth system, the Scot made sporadic appearances in the Gunners' first team before joining City in 1996.

Niall Quinn

Quinn spent almost 20 years at the top during his playing days, but only turned out for three clubs. The Irishman's potential was first spotted by Arsenal and, following an unsuccessful trial at Fulham, he penned professional terms with the Gunners in 1983. He netted on his debut for the club and went on to help them to League Cup glory in 1987. He slipped out of favour, though, following the arrival of Alan Smith and missed out on a medal when Arsenal took the First Division title in 1989 as he had not played enough games. City snapped him up for £900,000 in May 1990 and he would spend the next six years at Maine Road. Quinn scored 78 times in 245 appearances - with one game against Derby seeing him net and save a penalty after deputising for Tony Coton following his sending off.

Tommy Caton

Other notable names to have represented Arsenal and Manchester City at one time or another include Andy Cole, Stuart Taylor and David Rocastle, but we will wrap up our top ten with one of the lesser known figures. A commanding centre-half in his day, Caton joined City on schoolboy terms in 1978 and made his senior debut at the age of 16. He went on to make over 100 appearances for the club before his 20th birthday and won international recognition with the England U21 side. He handed in a transfer request following City's relegation in 1983 and went on to sign for Arsenal. He was a first-team regular for two years with the Gunners, but slipped behind Tony Adams and Martin Keown following their emergence in 1985. Caton went on to take in spells with Oxford and Charlton before tragically suffering a heart attack at the age of 30 in April 1993.

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