Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has offered to pay the salary of Jerry Quy, the man who plays the role of club mascot Gunnersaurus.
On Monday, the Gunners announced that Quy, who has been part of the matchday experience at Arsenal for 27 years, was one of 55 redundancies.
Özil later responded with a tweet outlining his offer:
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… pic.twitter.com/IfWN38x62z
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 6, 2020
According to the BBC, Arsenal says it had to make staff redundant because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club’s first-team players and head coach Mikel Arteta agreed a 12.5% pay cut in April, while its executive team has agreed to waive more than a third of their salaries over the next 12 months.