In recent seasons, the Citizens have plucked a number of Gunners players including the likes of Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Bacary Sagna and more notoriously Samir Nasri.
Exchanging the Gunners for the Etihad Stadium has generally over the past few years earned the above mentioned quartet more wealth, and perhaps for some success in terms of winning the Premier League. Just this week City were linked with signing Jack Wilshere, only to be hold 'hands off' by manager Arsene Wenger, as reported by The Mail.
City have been allowed to build their squad on the back of vast sums of money, whereas under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, the North Londoners have been somewhat left behind.
However, due to Financial Fair Play and the ensuing on-field success the Gunners have earned this season, Gary Neville feels there has been a major change in the status quo.
“The landscape has changed since City were able to blow everybody out of the water by paying big fees and big wages to sign the likes of Carlos Tevez, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri,” Neville explained.
“FFP has reined City back in and United and Arsenal have upped the ante by spending big themselves and raising the ceiling of their pay structures.”
“And that is big issue facing City this summer -- United, Chelsea and Arsenal are now all capable of taking them on in the transfer market and, if a player has a straight choice between the four clubs, City will come fourth every time.”
Are Arsenal ready to challenge for the title?
Despite taking much criticism in recent seasons, Arsene Wenger has managed to transform Arsenal’s squad in to one boasting great depth and youthfulness.
They are extremely balanced, have great strength in depth and a number of brilliant attacking players capable of outscoring the majority of their Premier League rivals.
The inclusion of Francis Coquelin has been vitally important, and the team’s form with the Frenchman in the side since the turn of the New Year has only been bettered by Barcelona in Europe’s top five leagues.
Keeping hold of their best players is arguably the most important aspect this summer for the Gunners, but if they can add one more midfielder for competition they could even start next campaign as title favourites.