‘Unbelievably shocking at the highest level’: Paul Merson SLAMS Arsenal for sacking club mascot Gunnnersaurus and claims Mesut Ozil has made the club look ‘absolutely stupid’ by offering to cover Jerry Quy’s wages
- Arsenal club mascot Gunnersaurus was sacked by the Gunnners this week
- German star Mesut Ozil offered to pay the wages of the big green dinosaur
- Jerry Quy had been the man inside the Gunnersaurus suit since 1993
- Ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson believes Ozil has made the club look stupid
Paul Merson has slammed Arsenal for sacking Gunnersaurus this week, amid Mesut Ozil’s offer to cover the club mascot’s wages until fans return to stadiums.
The Gunners made Jerry Quy, the man inside the large green dinosaur suit, redundant until fans can return, as the UK Government keeps Premier League supporters away from stadiums due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Arsenal exile Ozil announced he would support Quy in this difficult scenario and former Gunners midfielder Merson believes the north London club have been embarrassed by their German midfielder.
Mesut Ozil offered to cover mascot Gunnersaurus’ wages after being let go by Arsenal
The Arsenal exile took to Twitter to let fans know that he will cover Gunnersauras’ wages
Merson told the Daily Star: ‘Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.
‘But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days. You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.
‘Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.’
Merson believes Arsenal have lacked class in the way they have sacked their club mascot
Quy has been the Arsenal mascot for 27 years and is often seen at matchdays for the games involving the Arsenal men’s, women’s and youth teams.
His position was deemed no longer essential with games currently being played behind closed doors and no supporters to entertain.
However Quy and Gunnersaurus were both hugely popular around the club, with Merson describing him as ‘an institution’.
He added: ‘The guy in the suit, Jerry Quy – this bloke loves doing that. He was there when I played for Arsenal.
Jerry Quy had been the main man inside the Gunnersaurus suit (right) for 27 years
The club mascot was a popular figure at the Premier League giants but was made redundant
‘It absolutely does my head in that they’ve got rid of him just to save money. How many other clubs, ones in the lower leagues who are really struggling, have done that?
‘Even if they bring him back when fans are allowed back in the stadium, it’s a disgrace.’
The sacking of Gunnersaurus just hours before Arsenal completed a £45million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, a deal which included a healthy summer of negotiation for the north Londoners.
The Gunners completed high-profile deals for winger Willian and defender Gabriel Maghalaes, while also tied down club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a multi-million pound contract.
News of Gunnersaurus’ sacking came just hours before Arsenal signed Thomas Partey (above)
Merson believes that the money used by Arsenal in the transfer window should have been used to keep Gunnersarus, or Quy, in a job.
Merson claimed: ‘They’ve just signed Thomas Partey. If he’s on £150,000-a-week, are you telling me they couldn’t have offered £149,000 and given the rest to the dinosaur?
‘The club are putting money above the fans, above the things that are important. I can’t catch my breath if I’m being honest.’
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