Koscielny Signs For Bordeaux

Laurent Koscielny has joined Bordeaux after Arsenal agreed to sell the club captain for a fee of around €5m (£4.6m). Koscielny has been desperate to return to France this summer and refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States in a bid to force a move. The defender had hoped that Arsenal would allow him to leave for free, despite having one year left on his current contract, but the club were adamant that they would only countenance his departure if they received a fee. In a statement, Arsenal said: “We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.”

Unai Emery, the Arsenal head coach, had tried on multiple occasions to convince Koscielny to stay in north London. The defender turns 34 in September but the coaching staff believed he could still be a crucial player this season before the arrival of teenage centre-back William Saliba, who signed this summer but has been loaned back to France, at the end of the campaign. Koscielny signed from Lorient in 2010 and was part of three FA Cup-winning sides under Arsene Wenger, making 353 appearances in total.

Arsenal are continuing to pursue another centre-back before the transfer deadline day on Thursday. There is interest in Juventus defender Daniele Rugani but it is understood that the financial figures being quoted by the Italian club are out of Arsenal’s reach. Reports in Italy have said that Juventus want around £50m for the 25-year-old, who has made seven appearances for the Italian national side. Arsenal also rate Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano but the German side are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 20-year-old.

Roshan Le Pew

Which cartoon character best represents your personality?

The guy on the left. I understand that he isn’t as popular as some of the other cartoon characters but this is the guy I always think about when some of my actions come to mind.

Pepé Le Pew is a character from the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, first introduced in 1945. Depicted as a French striped skunk, Pepé is constantly in search of love and appreciation. However, his offensive skunk odor and his aggressive pursuit of romance typically cause other characters to run from him. In Le Pew’s case it is his stench while in my case it’s my weight.

Pepé Le Pew storylines typically involve Pepé in pursuit of a female black cat, whom Pepé mistakes for a skunk (la belle femme skunk fatale). The cat, who was retroactively named Penelope Pussycat, often has a white stripe painted down her back, usually by accident (such as by squeezing under a fence with wet white paint). Penelope frantically races to get away from him because of his putrid odour, his overly aggressive manner or both, while Pepé hops after her at a leisurely pace.

Pepé describes Penelope as lucky to be the object of his affections and uses a romantic paradigm to explain his failures to seduce her. For example, he describes a hammer blow to his head as a form of flirtation rather than rejection. Accordingly, he shows no sign of narcissistic injury or loss of confidence, no matter how many times he is rebuffed.

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at the SitsGirls