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

Feb 28, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT

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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.

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