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Assessing Van Persie's Premier League legacy

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Persie was instrumental in United's Premier League win in 2013
Van Persie was instrumental in United's Premier League win in 2013

Robin van Persie's days in English football have come to an end after it was confirmed he has sealed a move to Fenerbahce - but does he deserves to go down as a Premier League legend?

Van Persie was presented to a fanatical army of Turkish fans on Tuesday after his £4.75m move was completed, as he joined the likes of Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in leaving English football this summer.

Yet does Van Perise deserve to be hailed as one of the Premier League's all-time greats?

With 144 goals to his credit, the Dutch hit-man's bid to be hailed as a Premier League great may be dented by the reality that he won just two major trophies during his 11 years with Arsenal and Manchester United. 

An FA Cup winner in his first season with Arsenal in 2005 (above), that proved to be his only trophy at Arsenal and even though he scored 30 Premier League goals in his final season as a Gunner, it was not enough to end their trophy drought.

With time running out for Van Persie to secure his dream of winning the Premier League title, he asked to be allowed to leave for Manchester United in the summer of 2012 and after plenty of debate, his mentor Arsene Wenger (below) agreed to the transfer.

Van Persie's impact in his first season at United was immediate, as his goals in the first half of the 2012/13 season put Alex Ferguson's side in pole position to win their 20th English title.

His finest moment in a United shirt came as he fired a stunning hat-trick in their title winning performance against Aston Villa, as he struck an iconic goal that paved the way for a memorable night of celebration at Old Trafford (below).

Injuries affected his second and third seasons at United, but he finished his career at the club after scoring 48 Premier League goals in just 86 appearances. 

A Premier League legend? We asked sundayworld.com readers on twitter to give us their view and this is what they had to say.