Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has stepped in to save the club’s monster Gunnersaurus from eradication after it was uncovered that the man behind the mascot had been released as a major aspect of cost-cutting measures.
Jerry Quy, who has played the role of the dinosaur mascot since 1993, had been given up, with stadiums void during the Covid emergency.
“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,” Ozil tweeted on Tuesday.
“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…”
The club said that the mascot would return once allies were permitted back at United Kingdom football matches after Covid safety measures were facilitated, despite the fact that they didn’t explain whether Quy would proceed in the role.
Arsenal fans responded with happiness to Ozil’s gesture, with a few online media clients expressing gratitude toward the German-born midfielder.
A GoFundMe page named “Save Gunnersaurus” has just raised in excess of 10,000 British pounds ($13,000).
An announcement on the page reads: “Gunnersaurus has been the Arsenal club mascot for 27 years. He’s a club icon and we cannot let him become extinct.
“Played by lifelong fan Jerry Quy, it would be a terrible shame to lose him. The mascot league is the only one we’ve consistently been on top of, let’s keep our all-time top scorer on top.”
Ozil, 31, is under agreement with Arsenal until 2021 and wins an announced 350,000 British pounds ($454,300) every week.
Regardless of being one of the club’s top-earning players, he has not shown up for the group since March in the wake of becoming undesirable with the club’s manager, Mikel Arteta.
FA Cup winner Arsenal declared in August that it was intending to eliminate 55 jobs because of the harming impact of the Covid pandemic on the club’s finances.
The Premier League club said its primary sources of income had all been hit, including broadcast income, coordinate day takings and business movement.
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