Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has won millions of hearts after the midfielder offered to pay for Gunnersaurus to be reinstated as mascot after he was fired as part of a Covid-19 cost-cutting exercise.
Ozil took to Instagram to announce his kind gesture to the mascot named Jerry Quy.
“I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years.” Ozil wrote.
Jerry Quy played the role of Arsenal’s mascot for 27 years but was let go on transfer deadline day due to fans no longer being allowed to attend stadiums for matches.
Distrought supporters set up a fundraising page for life-long Arsenal fan, but now Ozil has stepped in with a promise to pay Gunnersaurus’ wages for as long as he remains at the club.
“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 in his job that he loves so much.” Ozil added.
Several Arsenal fans have already spoken out on the club’s decision to make the mascot redundant, with former Gunners star Paul Merson admitting it was “sad”.
Ozil’s decision comes amid reports Mikel Arteta is planning to axe him from his 25-man squad for the Premier League following the acquisition of Thomas Partey.
The German has just one-year left on his Arsenal contract, but has been frozen out in north London and is yet to play a match this season.