Mesut Ozil left Jack Whitehall with an egg in his face after he offered to pay for Gunnersaurus reinstated as Arsenal’s mascot.
Jerry Quy, who played the role of Arsenal’s mascot for 27 years, was fired on deadline day as part of a Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise.
Comedian Whitehall took to Twitter to comment on the story on Monday, saying, “It’s so sad. Sure we keep the costume and put on Ozil?”
World Cup winner Ozil on Tuesday responded by offering to pay Quy’s salary for as long as he remains at Arsenal.
On Instagram, Ozil wrote: “I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and an integral part of our club was fired after 27 years.
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“As such, I am offering to repay Arsenal with our big green boy’s full salary as long as I am an Arsenal player so that Jerry can continue in his job he loves so much.”
Arsenal have decided to let Gunnersaurus go because fans are not allowed in stadiums on match days at the moment.
But Quy’s ax – a lifelong supporter of the Gunners – has fared badly among fans and former Arsenal players.
Paul Merson told Sky Sports: “Incredible. All those kids, the Junior Gunners, there will be fans in their 30s and 40s who grew up with that dinosaur. It’s disappointing, I think it’s poor for Arsenal, really.”
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