Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny ponies up thousands to save hometown accordion factory

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The Arsenal defender is used to protecting Wojciech Szczesney’s goal on the pitch, but off it, he’s protecting his hometown relics.

A staple in the accordion industry since 1919 (or so we’re told, we claim to be many things here at ProSoccerTalk, but accordion expert is unfortunately not among them), the Maugein factory was threatened with closure.

Until Koscielny came to the rescue.

With the famed factory located in his hometown of Tulle, France, the 28-year-old was part of an investment group that came up with over $800,000 to save the factory.

The sum of money is more than just pocket change for the Gunner, who earns around $4.3 million per year at Arsenal, according to the Guardian.

Koscielny reportedly was alerted to the threatened status of the factory when the mayor of Tulle, Bernard Combes, contacted the Gunners defender to issue a plea for help. Combes labeled the accordion factory as a symbol of the region’s industrial heritage.

Maugein accordions are all hand made, and a quick Google research shows they could be worth over $3000 a pop.  Reports suggest that cheaper competition from Eastern Europe and China have pegged back the company’s profits.

The company, in bankrupcy, will be under control of Koscielny’s investor group which has two years to return Maugein to stability.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.