Mesut Ozil has hailed the return of Gunnersaurus to Arsenal after the Mascot was spotted at the Emirate Stadium on Tuesday.
Jerry Quy, who played the role for 27 years, was one of 55 people let go by Arsenal because of the financial impact amid the covid-19 pandemic.
Ozil intervened, offering to pay Quy’s wages out of his pocket to keep him at Arsenal as long as he remains at the London club.
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’
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) November 10, 2020
Fans are yet to return to the stadium but, GunnerSaurus was seen on Tuesday at the Emirate and Ozil has celebrated the return of the Dinosaur Mascot.
Former Arsenal boss Arsenal wenger reacting to the laying off of Jerry Quy earlier reacted saying it was unexplainable.
“The decision was financially unjustifiable. I don’t know what got into them,’ he told So Foot.
“No one can understand it. Everyone who loves Arsenal didn’t take the decision well. I’m part of them.
” Tmhey laid off 55 people, which could possibly be explained by a certain reorganisation, a desire for efficiency. The mascot cannot be justified by a desire to rebalance finances. It’s incomprehensible.