These players have won a wealth of silverware since leaving Arsenal.
Today is Samir Nasri’s birthday, with the French midfielder turning 28-years-old.
He started his career with Marseille, moving on to Arsenal in 2008 and making his name as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
Yet, he left the Emirates in 2011 to join Premier League rivals Manchester City, with the financial benefits and chances of silverware much higher. His decision proved to be the correct one, as he has since won two Premier League titles and a League Cup.
Arsenal have got out of their own trophy rut now, with two successive FA Cup successes, but Nasri was just one of many players to leave the Gunners to greater things.
To celebrate his birthday, we take a look at five other players who left Arsenal for great success.
Ashley Cole - Chelsea
Cole was a member of Arsenal’s Invincibles, but left to join cross-town rivals Chelsea in 2006. Ended up with one Premier League trophy, four FA Cups, a League Cup and the Champions League which still alludes the Gunners. Considered one of the best left-backs of all time.
Cesc Fabregas - Barcelona
Left in 2011 for Barcelona to win six trophies, before heading back to London last summer to sign with Chelsea. Won the Premier League and League Cup in his debut season with the Blues, and looks set to continue his success in the coming years.
Gael Clichy - Manchester City
Like Nasri, he signed for City in 2011 and has gone on to win two Premier League titles, the League Cup and Community Shield. Has a reparation as a great Premier League left-back, but has never properly established himself at City. Traded consistent first-team football for silverware.
Mathieu Flamini - AC Milan
Signed for Milan in 2008 and went on to win a Serie A title and the Italian Super Cup. The only player on this list to return to the Emirates, he played a key role in the Gunners winning the 2014 and 2015 FA Cups, adding them to the one he won in 2005/
Alex Song - Barcelona
After establishing himself in the Gunners first-team, Song left in 2012 to sign with Barca. He won the 2013 La Liga title, as well as the Supercopa that same year. Whilst not as illustrious as some of his teammates, he still enjoyed success away from North London, before retuning to England last summer to sign on loan with West Ham.