Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is riding to the rescue of the redundant Gunnersaurus as he has offered to pay the mascot’s wages in full if they reinstate him.
Jerry Quy, the man inside the giant green costume, has been made redundant by the gunners after serving as the club’s dinosaur mascot for 27 years.
Arsenal said the move was a necessary cost-cutting measure amid the coronavirus pandemic and with the mascot out of action as supporters are not allowed into the Emirates stadium.
But, Quy may be back in a job thanks to Mesut Ozil, who has offered to pay his salary if he is brought back into the fold, while ever the German star remains an Arsenal player.
Ozil posted on Instagram: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @officialgunnersaurus 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 so Jerry can continue his job that he loves so much. ❤️🙏🏼
‘#JusticeForGunnersaurus #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa’
Ozil has not played any game this campaign as he remains frozen out at the club, despite earning a huge £350,000-per-week at Arsenal.
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The former Real Madrid midfielder has not entered the last year of his current contract, with his deal expiring in the summer of 2021.
The move will definitely delight Arsenal fan Piers Morgan and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, who both called on Arsenal players to step in.
‘WHAT? This had better not be true,’ Morgan tweeted on Monday. ‘Is it Arsenal??!
‘You’re going nowhere Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let Arsenal sack you. Come on Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – this is not what our club is about.’
Lineker added: ‘Shouldn’t be necessary, but it might be a good move and an act of kindness for the Arsenal players and manager to club together and sort out this absurdity.’
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was also against the decision to make Gunnersaurus redundant and he blasted the ‘terrible news’ on Twitter.