Ozil offers to pay Gunnersaurus’ ‘full salary’ while at Arsenal

Date published: Tuesday 6th October 2020 4:18 - Joe Williams

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Mesut Ozil has reached out and offered to pay Gunnersaurus’ “full salary” while the German playmaker remains at Arsenal.

Jerry Quy has portrayed Gunnersaurus for the past 27 years, but was made redundant as part of the job-cutting scheme implemented by Arsenal in the summer.

Contrary to a number of reports, the PA news agency understands the dinosaur mascot will still entertain fans once the coronavirus pandemic allows supporters back inside the Emirates Stadium – although it is currently unclear who will be under the costume after Quy lost his job as a supporter liaison for away matches.

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Midfielder Ozil reportedly earns some £350,000-a-week as Arsenal’s top-paid player, but is currently not in the first-team picture under Mikel Arteta.

Ozil said in a social media post: “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.”


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