Arsenal SACK Gunnersaurus! The club’s loyal mascot of 27 years – who even missed his brother’s wedding for a game – is latest victim of cost-cutting, while Mesut Ozil banks £350k-a-week and can’t get a game
- Gunnersaurus has been sacked as part of Arsenal’s ongoing cost-cutting
- Jerry Quy has played the role of the loveable dinosaur mascot since 1993
- Gunnersaurus ‘worked from home’ during lockdown but has now been let go
- Arsenal made 55 redundancies in August due to the coronavirus pandemic
- Yet they continue to pay Mesut Ozil an exorbitant sum given his lack of action
Arsenal’s loveable mascot Gunnersaurs has been sacked after 27 years of service as part of the club’s latest Covid-19 financial cuts.
According to The Athletic, Jerry Quy, who has played the role of the dinosaur mascot since its establishment in 1993, has been let go.
Arsenal have felt the absence of fans more than most with the club more reliant on their match-day revenue, and as such Gunnersaurus’ role is no longer deemed essential.
Arsenal’s loveable mascot Gunnersaurus has been sacked after 27 years of service at the club
Jerry Quy, who has played the role since 1993, has been let go as part of a cost-cutting process
The mascot’s departure follows the 55 redundancies the club made in August due to Covid-19
Quy (pictured) is a lifelong fan and even missed his brother’s wedding to attend a home game
Arsenal announced they were making 55 redundancies in August because of the financial impact of the pandemic, a decision which was met with hostility from fans.
While Arsenal’s finances have undoubtedly been hit by the pandemic, Mesut Ozil earns £350,000 per week, which equates to £18million per year, despite falling out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta. Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal so far this season.
The Gunners also handed a bumper new contract to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang worth £250,000 per week in September and Willian was also given £220,000-a-week deal after signing from Chelsea.
The Gunnersaurus suit has been at Quy’s home since lockdown which led to a series of photos
The mascot ‘worked from home’ like the rest of the nation during the Covid-19 lockdown
Quy was a much loved figure with Arsenal fans and the decision is not likely to be popular
Because Quy’s role is part-time, his departure is not counted among the 55 redundancies but is part of the same cost-cutting process.
Gunnersaurus’s departure is bound to also upset supporters with mascot a hugely popular figure at the club. Quy has also shown his dedication to following the Gunners home and away since 1963.
His loyalty to the club even reportedly led to him missing his brother’s wedding in order to attend a home game.
During lockdown the iconic Gunnersaurus suit was kept at Quy’s home, leading to several pictures of the mascot ‘working from home’ – which even involved a Zoom call with other football mascots.
The mascot has been a huge part of the club’s journey, experiencing the highs of Arsene Wenger’s reign including the invincible season of 2003-2004.
The Athletic report that Arsenal confirmed Quy had left his post as they ‘strive to do everything more efficiently’. However, they insisted Gunnersaurus will return.
The mascot watched the Gunners’ games from home with fans unable to attend matches
The mascot has been a huge part of the club’s journey including all of Arsene Wenger’s reign
Arsenal confirmed Quy had left his post but insisted the loveable mascot would return
The club’s decision to sack their beloved mascot has not gone down well with fans.
Piers Morgan has led the outcry against the decision, calling for Arsenal to reverse their decision and pleading with boss Mikel Arteta and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to intervene.
‘You’re going nowhere @Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let @Arsenal sack you. Come on @m8arteta @Aubameyang7 – this is not what our club is about. #savegunnersaurus,’ he tweeted along with a series of angry emojis.
Twitter user Dominique Torode agreed with Morgan, writing: ‘I agree! Can you get a petition going? My son now 21 woke me up to this news this morning. He’s gutted. So am I. Let’s get w petition going to reinstate him. This is terrible optics for the club!’
Davidp added: ‘This is a shambles. Who makes these small minded decisions? Utterly ridiculous and tarnishing our reputation @Arsenal’
Another, Sam, said: ‘The worst kind of PR yet again by Arsenal. As nice a gesture as it would be, work colleagues (players/managers) should not have to be responsible for topping up/paying salaries of fellow employees. Especially when the owner/employer is worth $8.3+ billion #savegunnersaurus’
Famed global scout Francis Cagigao – the man who discovered Cesc Fabregas – was one of the high-profile casualties of the club’s redundancy cull.
Arsenal also told head of UK scouting Peter Clark and fellow recruitment specialist Brian McDermott that they will lose their positions.
As many as 10 part-time scouts, who helped unearth talent such as Bukayo Saka, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith-Rowe, were also cut loose.
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