Gunnersaurus is back! Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot returns to the Emirates a month after being sacked to cut costs after Mesut Ozil offered to pay his wages… but is it the same man inside the suit?!
- Gunnersaurus has returned to the Emirates for the first time since being sacked
- The Arsenal club mascot was brutally axed as part of cost-cutting measures
- German star Mesut Ozil offered to pay the wages of the big green dinosaur
- The decision to axe Gunnersaurus caused fury among fans and celebrities
Arsenal’s beloved mascot Gunnersaurus has posed for a picture at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since he was sacked and Mesut Ozil offered to pay his wages last month.
Jerry Quy, who filled the role for 27 years alongside a series of other jobs around the club, lost his job as part of Arsenal’s recent Covid-19-related cost-cutting drive.
His position, which he has carried out since Gunnersaurus was introduced in 1993, was deemed no longer essential with games currently being played behind closed doors and no supporters to entertain.
Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has posed for a picture at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since he was sacked
Mesut Ozil offered to pay the salary of the man inside the Gunnersaurus costume after Arsenal axed the furry mascot as part of cost-cutting measures
But Quy and Gunnersaurus were so popular around the club that his sacking received widespread condemnation from Arsenal fans and celebrities on social media.
Ozil, whose contract runs out next summer, came to the rescue and offered to pay Quy’s wages while the Germany international remains at the club.
When announcing he would step in, the German said: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot and integral part of our club was 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.’
Ozil is on £350,000-per-week but is currently frozen out of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.
It remains unclear if Arsenal have taken up Ozil’s offer and whether it is Quy still wearing the costume. The club had always insisted Gunnersaurus would return when supporters are allowed back in stadiums.
Ozil pictured shaking hands with Gunnersaurus ahead of a match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal’s loveable mascot Gunnersaurus was let go, despite his 27 years of service at the club
The return of Gunnersaurus was confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon that contained a picture of the mascot with his thumbs up alongside the caption: ‘Back at Emirates Stadium today’.
Just like the announcement of 55 redundancies earlier in the summer, which came just before Willian joined on a deal worth up to £220,000-per-week, three-year deal, the decision to part ways with Quy was ill-timed.
Details of his exit emerged on transfer deadline day which ended with Arsenal activating Thomas Partey’s £45million buyout clause and signing the midfielder on a £230,000-per-week four-year deal.
Celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan joined the campaign to save Gunnersaurus earlier on Tuesday.
More to follow.
Piers Morgan had led the outcry against the decision, calling for a reversal of the decision
Comedian Jack Whitehall has also shown his support for the sacked Arsenal mascot online
Holly Willoughby has joined the celebrities rallying support for mascot Gunnersaurus
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