The Gunners midfielder has offered financial support to Arsenal’s iconic mascot after seeing him made redundant amid coronavirus crisis, to cut-off expenses by the board.
- Ozil brings back Gunnersaurus after he was relieved from mascot duties at Emirates.
- The iconic mascot has been on the touchline for gunners since 1993, three years before legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took over.
- Fans around the world did not like the decision.
Mesut Ozil brings Gunnersaurus back
German midfielder Mesut Ozil has offered to pay Gunnersaurus’s wages after seeing the mascot left to go by Arsenal after 27 years of his service to the club during its golden era.
Jerry Quy, the mascot, was officially relieved of his mascot duties at Emirates Stadium at the start of the week, with the club deciding that his services were no longer required in the absence of supporters and also to avoid extra expense.
Quy became a much-loved and prized figure at Arsenal by fans, especially junior gunners after donning the famous dinosaur suit in 1993, three years before the arrival of legendary manager Arsene Wenger at the club.
The mascot was on the touchline doing mascot duties, cheering the team and entertaining the fans during a golden era for the club which saw the team win three English Premier League titles, but has now become the latest victim of cost-cutting measures amid the financial uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis at the club, and uncalled situation which forced the board to relieve him from duties.
After board have relived him from duties Arsenal fans and former players did not like the move as Arsenal legend Paul Merson was among those to express his disappointment after the decision, telling Sky Sports
“Unbelievable. All the kids, the Junior Gunners, there will be 30 and 40-year-old fans who have grown up with that dinosaur.”
“It’s disappointing, I think it’s poor by Arsenal, I really do.”
Today Arsenal play-maker Ozil has now issued his own response, taking to social media to offer Mascot financial help.
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Taking on social media he tweeted:
I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years. As such, I’m offering to reimburse @Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player… pic.twitter.com/IfWN38x62z
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 6, 2020
“I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years,” the Arsenal midfielder wrote on Twitter after historic Mascot off from duties.
“As such, I’m offering to reimburse Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player.”
So, now the mascot can continue to amuse people across the globe with his actions.
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While Spanish side Sevilla FC took it as a sarcastic move:
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) October 5, 2020