By Mukwuzi Joseph
Mesut Ozil has offered to pay the wages of Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus to keep him in a job.
It was reported on Monday that the dinosaur mascot – played by Jerry Quy for the last 27 years – had been sacked as part of cost-cutting measures at the club.
The decision was met with anger by Gunners supporters, coming just a few months after the club announced 55 redundancies because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
But an unlikely hero appears to have arrived in the form of Ozil.
The 31-year-old himself has upset some supporters as he has continued to be paid £350,000 a week while not featuring for the club.
However, he has now said he will give up some of his salary to help keep Gunnersaurus at the club.
“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 he loves so much.”