‘It’s a very good PR stunt’ – Ray Parlour aims dig at Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil over Gunnersaurus pay gesture

Ozil has offered to pay the mascot's wages
Ozil has offered to pay the mascot’s wages (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has labelled Mesut Ozil’s offer to pay club mascot Gunnersaurus’ wages as a ‘very good PR stunt’.

The man who has worn the costume for 27 years, Jerry Quy, was effectively made redundant earlier this week as part of cost-cutting measures to help ease the financial burden of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Outcast Ozil, who hasn’t played a game for the Gunners since March, made the grand gesture of covering the mascot’s wages so he can continue his role.

Gunnersaurus has been the club's mascot since 1993
Gunnersaurus has been the club’s mascot since 1993 (Picture: Getty Images)

The German said in a post on social media: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @Gunnersaurus 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.’

Arsenal responded to Ozil’s offer by insisting that the much-loved mascot will return when fans are allowed back at matches.

However, Parlour believes the midfielder’s gesture wasn’t merely a token of good faith, but a ploy designed to win back some of the support of the Arsenal fans.

‘It is [a PR stunt], yeah,’ Parlour told talkSPORT. ‘I wish Gunnersaurus was on £300,000-a-week because they’d get their money’s worth.’

‘I reckon it’s a very good PR stunt. Behind the scenes, to get the fans back on his side, let’s do that.’

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