Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s estranged playmaker has offered to cover the cost of Gunnersaurus’ salary in order to keep the long-standing mascot at the club after it was reported on transfer deadline day that Gunnersaurus was let go in the redundancies made by thr English club.
It was revealed in England that as part of the cost-cutting steps of the Gunners, Jerry Quy, who has been performing matchday and event duties for 27 years in the iconic green dinosaur suit, will be made redundant.
The rumours prompted a massive outcry from a number of Arsenal fans and rival fans alike, with a GoFundMe page set up to help to spare him from dismissal.
Though Arsenal has not yet confirmed the decision to dismiss Gunnersaurus, Mesut Ozil has made it clear he will do what he can to keep him in a job for as long as he is a club player.
“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,” Mesut Ozil wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
With 55 jobs axed in August, including that of recruitment specialist Francis Cagigao, Arsenal has undergone major internal restructuring to minimize outgoings in the midst of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
They have invested on the signings of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari and Runar Alex Runarsson in the range of £77.4 million.
After falling out of favor under manager Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil, who is said to earn close to £350,000 a week, has not made any of Arsenal’s matchday squads in 2020-21.
Mesut Ozil’s last competitive appearance for Arsenal was in the 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham on March 7.