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Robin van Persie and Lukas Podolski hoping for big things in Turkey

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It's a real pity for Arsenal fans that they were never able to watch their team with van Persie and Podolski, owners of two of the finest left foots in world football, playing together in red.

Duo

The German was signed alongside Olivier Giroud in hope that together they could score a similar amount of goals as the prolific departing Dutchman.

Unfortunately for the North London giants, two, in this case, was not better than one and they are still looking for a 25-goal-a-season centre forward in van Persie's mould.

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Left foot experts

There's something about a left-footed player isn't there? For some reason a deadly left foot is often referred to as a 'wand' giving it a sort of mystical power.

Alfredo di Stefano, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona are examples of left footed wizards in times gone by, and nowadays we are graced with the presence of left-footed maestros such as Mesut Özil, David Silva and Lionel Messi.

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Turkish reunion

The upcoming season is a huge one for the Turkish Süper Lig as the Istanbul-based trio Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe and Besiktas will once again do battle for the league title.

All have made big improvements to their squads but the two transfers that have excited fans most is that of Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray and Robin van Persie to Fenerbahçe.

Fener will be hoping that with their new signings, which includes the enigmatic Nani and the Süper Lig's top scorer from last season, Fernandão, that they will be able to win back the title from their bitter city rivals. 

Fenerbahçe have pulled off a real coup in signing van Persie from Manchester United. The Dutchman had offers elsewhere, reportedly from Juventus amongst other European superpowers, however, he chose the Turkish runners-up.

The reception he received upon landing in Istanbul showed just how delighted the Sari Kanaryalar fans were with the transfer after supporters turned out in their thousands to welcome him.

The signing itself is itself an audacious demonstration to the football community that Turkey can entice world-class players at the peak of their powers. Van Persie is not getting any younger, but Fenerbahçe know that they are buying one of the world's most clinical marksman, who relies more on predatory instinct and ruthless finishing than he does pace or fitness.

He is the jewel in the Fener crown and there is no doubt that his vicious left foot will be their most lethal weapon in the armoury in the upcoming season. 

On the other side of Istanbul, champions Galatasaray have themselves bought an established international talent in Lukas Podolski.

The German is a curious footballer. He has an astounding 125 caps to his name and clubs like Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan on his CV, yet he has never really settled at any of the clubs he has been at, with the one exception being his hometown club Cologne.

He has been used predominantly on the left wing where his clinical finishing and powerful left foot is somewhat wasted. Gala will be hoping he can feed off Wesley Sneijder's incisive through balls and if so, they should have a very successful campaign both domestically and on the European stage.

They both have a point to prove and will thrive being their team's most valuable attacker. One thing is for sure, the Turkish league will be much more exciting to watch with these two wonderful left-footed talents.

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