Gazza, Becks, Robinho: 5 huge transfers that weren't... but what if they had been?

Lukas Podolski’s transfer from Arsenal to Galatasaray, though expected, felt very much like a missed opportunity. The Germany forward rarely played to his potential in London – that he left for an initial bargain fee of £1.8m highlights that – but his record of 31 goals in 82 appearances is more than respectable.

The disappointment comes when reflecting that he was recruited at a time when Arsene Wenger had just lost Robin van Persie, who joined rivals Manchester United. But Podolski, rotating in an intelligent, clinical front three alongside a peak Van Persie and/or Theo Walcott, could have thrived in one of the finest Arsenal frontlines since the idyllic days of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

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