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Arsenal have lost players like Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Kolo Touré to Manchester City due to a crucial difference in mentality – “We all felt it”


Gael Clichy has revealed to talkSPORT that a host of former Arsenal players have left for Manchester City because they believe the club can no longer fight for the trophies.

The former France international was one of many prominent names to leave the Gunners to settle in Manchester.

Clichy left Arsenal for Man City in 2011
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Kolo Touré, Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri all decided to move to the Etihad, while Robin van Persie sensational left in 2012 with a one-year contract to join Manchester United.

Clichy, who left in 2011, won two Premier League titles with Man City and also worked under Pep Guardiola for a season before moving to Turkey.

The mass exodus marked the end of a period of domination for Arsenal, who won the title in 2004 as “invincible”.

Not being able to retain their top players therefore meant that they had also failed to attract several high-caliber targets, with players like Luis Suarez in 2013 and N’Golo Kante in 2016 dismissing the club.

Arsenal have lost players like Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Kolo Touré to Manchester City due to a crucial difference in mentality – “We all felt it”
The left-back won the Premier League in 2004
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Arsenal have lost players like Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Kolo Touré to Manchester City due to a crucial difference in mentality – “We all felt it”
But Champions League night has become less and less frequent in north London
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And Clichy revealed on Darren Bent’s Boot Room just how much of a difference in mentality there is at Arsenal compared to City, and how he and his teammates left after feeling the Gunners were being left behind.

He said: “From the first moment you realize that from the coach, from the players, from the office people to the fans, the expectations are so high.

“It’s so demanding that we can’t stop. You often hear managers say that the year after the title or the cup is a difficult season.

“The players are in this mood where you feel like you’ve done something great and it’s taking time for you to start the new season over again.

Arsenal have lost players like Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Kolo Touré to Manchester City due to a crucial difference in mentality – “We all felt it”
Many top Arsenal players have joined City, including Sagna and Nasri
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“Pep doesn’t allow that; he’s ruthless and you can see how many times he changes teams if a player doesn’t give him what he wants, he’s not afraid to put it aside.

“Obviously it’s easier when you have two players worth £ 50million on each position you can do it.

“I’m not surprised because of what they’ve done inside and out. The communication, the investment, the new training ground – all of that is one big package that just tells you this club is going.

“That’s why all the players of my time left Arsenal, because we felt that City were going in a different direction.

“When you play, you want results, you want to win. So you go to where you can get the silverware.

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Arsenal are currently languishing on the wrong side of the table after winning just once this season, a victory over Norwich on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta is under increasing pressure to deliver results as the club face another season without European football.

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