28
Feb

Laurent Koscielny donates thousands to save accordion factory

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny may be living in England, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his French roots.

The 28-year-old was born and raised in Tulle, France, home to the famous accordion factory Maugein. It was established in 1919, but late last year it was threatened with closure. Koscielny wasn’t going to let this happen.

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French media has reported that the defender is part of an investment group that has put up more than $800K to help save the factory.

The company makes these gorgeous instruments from scratch, but have been undermined by competition who made cheaper accordions. Thankfully, for the sake of the art and music, Kolscielny has stepped in to keep Maugein alive.

Via The Guardian

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21
Aug

Laurent Koscielny gets kicked in face, has to leave match

As if Arsenal didn’t have enough personnel problems, center back Laurent Koscielny was kicked in the face by Fenerbahce’s Pierre Webo in the Gunners’ dominant 3-0 away win in Istanbul.


The foul was certainly not Webo’s intention, but the high boot caught Koscielny square in the face, opening up a ghastly cut over his right eye. While Webo received a yellow card, the bloodied defender was forced to leave the match and headed to the hospital. Apparently, it was pretty bad:

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal’s physiotherapist Colin Lewin also later told TV it was the worst cut he had ever seen.

Here’s to wishing Koscielny a speedy recovery. Arsenal sure need him. They’ve already lost Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for lengthy injury spells, and the season has only just begun.

17
Jun

Bayern Munich and Barcelona eyes move for Koscielny

On the final day of the Premier League season it was Laurent Koscielny who scored to secure a top four finish for Arsenal. But that could’ve been the Frenchman’s last action for the Gunners as Bayern Munich and Barcelona attempts to sign the defender.

Keeping hold of Koscielny could be an important message for the Arsenal supporters as a statement of intent with Arsene Wenger looking to push the club forwards.

Elsewhere, Luis Suarez is continuing his pleas to join Real Madrid and Andre Villas-Boas is a target to takeover the managerial hot seat at Paris Saint-Germain. For all this and more rumors visit today’s Paper Chase.