Mesut Ozil hails the return of Gunnersaurus to Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil has been keen to stop Gunnersaurus going extinct (Picture: UEFA via Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil has celebrated the return of Gunnersaurus to Arsenal after the dinosaur was spotted back at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Jerry Quy, the man who has played the Arsenal mascot for 27 years, was made redundant by the club at the start of October, amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Ozil was heartbroken and stepped in, offering to pay Quy’s wages out of his own pocket in order to keep him at the club.

Ozil posted on Instagram: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @officialgunnersaurus 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. ❤️🙏🏼

‘#JusticeForGunnersaurus #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa’

Responding to Ozil’s act of kindness, an Arsenal spokeperson told ESPN: ‘Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.’

Fans are not yet back at the stadium, but Gunnersaurus has made his return, and Ozil is delighted to see it.

The dinosaur’s Twitter account posted a picture of the big man at the Emirates and Ozil responded: ‘Happy to see you back where you belong.’

However, it is not clear who was in the costume and whether Quy has got his job back as the loveable mascot.

‘As we’ve always said Gunnersaurus is an important part of Arsenal and a popular figure for our fans around the world,’ said an Arsenal spokesperson.

‘Gunner never went away but due to the virus restrictions there have been limited opportunities for him to appear in public.’

The Gunnersaurus story will rumble on, a story which former boss Arsene Wenger should have been avoided in the first place.

‘The decision was financially unjustifiable. I don’t know what got into them,’ he told So Foot.

‘No one can understand it. Everyone who loves Arsenal didn’t take the decision well. I’m part of them.

‘They laid off 55 people, which could possibly be explained by a certain reorganisation, a desire for efficiency. The mascot cannot be justified by a desire to rebalance finances. It’s incomprehensible.’

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