When Arsenal got rid of their mascot on Monday night, Mesut Özil (31) was upset. Now he wants to make sure that Jerry Quy can continue to wear the green suit.
Quy has worked for the club for 27 years, but was told at the beginning of this week that it was now over. To cut costs associated with the corona crisis the club is experiencing with lost revenue, it meant that the mascot had to be removed from the payroll.
The green dinosaur “Gunnersaurus” has a special place in the hearts of the club’s employees and supporters of the London team.
– Terrible news. Love you Jerry, wrote former Arsenal striker Ian Wright
The reactions came both from there and from the player group. Strongest with Mesut Özil, who will now pay the salary to Jerry Quy, so that they can still have him with them during the matches at the Emirates Stadium.
– I was so sad that Jerry Quy, also known as Gunnersaurus, is seen as redundant after 27 years. Therefore, I offer to compensate Arsenal with full pay for our dear green man as long as I am an Arsenal player. So that he can continue to do the job he loves so much, Özil tweeted on Tuesday.
The #JusticeForGunnersaurus campaign is running on social media.
– It’s incomprehensible. All the kids and young supporters. He’s part of it. There are 30 and 40 year old people who grew up that dinosaur, said former Arsenal hero Paul Merson on Sky Sports.
– I think it is terrible of Arsenal, Merson stated.
PS: According to Forbes, Mesut Özil earns approximately 212 million Norwegian kroner a year …