Fabregas came to Arsenal from Barcelona’s youth camp in 2003. While he did not see first-team action, he did get help by training with both Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva. Fabregas holds the Arsenal records for being the youngest first-team player and youngest goal scorer.
When Vieira left Arsenal for Juventus, Fabregas was awarded his place in the starting 11. Then in 2008, Fabregas got the captaincy. After years of trophyless but excellent play, Barcelona came calling to try and get their former player back. Even though Wenger tried to put off the sale of Fabregas as long as possible, he finally left on August 15, 2011.
Nasri joined the Gunners from Marseille in the summer of 2008. While his first two seasons were good, they were not exceptional. However, in the 2010-11 season, Nasri really began to shine. Both alongside Fabregas and during Fab's injury, Nasri was a vital part of Arsenal's starting 11. However, despite finally finding his place at the Emirates, Nasri refused to sign a contract extension at Arsenal and was subsequently sold to Manchester City.
Clichy came to Arsenal from Cannes in 2003. After the departure of Ashley Cole, Clichy took over as Arsenal’s everyday left-back. His play during the 2007-08 season earned him a place on the PFA Team of the Year. Widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world for a while, Clichy left Arsenal for Manchester City at the beginning of the 2011 summer transfer window.