Ozil offers to pay Gunnersaurus’ wages so he can keep mascot job at Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has offered to pay for Gunnersaurus to be reinstated as mascot after he was made redundant as part of a Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise.

Jerry Quy played the role of Arsenal's mascot for 27 years but was let go on transfer deadline day due to fans no longer being allowed to attend stadiums for matches.

A fundraising page was set up for life-long Arsenal fan Jerry, but now Ozil has stepped in with a promise to pay Gunnersaurus' wages for as long as he remains at the club.

On Instagram, Ozil wrote: "I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years.

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"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 in his job that he loves so much."

Several Arsenal fans have already spoken out on the club's decision to make the mascot redundant, with former Gunners star Paul Merson admitting it was "sad".

Merson told Sky Sports: "Unbelievable. All them 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."

Ozil's decision comes amid reports Mikel Arteta is planning to axe him from his 25-man squad for the Premier League following the acquisition of Thomas Partey.

The German has just one-year left on his Arsenal contract, but has been frozen out in north London and is yet to play a match this season.

Will Thomas Partey be a success at Arsenal? Have your say here.

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