Gunnersaurus is back! Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot returns to the Emirates

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Gunnersaurus is back! Arsenal’s dinosaur mascot returns to the Emirates a month after being sacked to cut costs after Mesut Ozil offered to pay his wages… but is it the same man inside the suit?!

  • Gunnersaurus has returned to the Emirates for the first time since being sacked
  • The mascot, Jerry Quy, was brutally axed because of cost-cutting measures
  • German star Mesut Ozil offered to pay the wages of the big green dinosaur
  • The decision to axe Gunnersaurus caused fury among fans and celebrities 
  • Reports claim there will now be a number of people in the Gunnersaurus role 

Arsenal’s beloved mascot Gunnersaurus has posed for a picture at Emirates Stadium for the first time since he was sacked and Mesut Ozil offered to pay his wages last month.

Jerry Quy, who filled the role for 27 years alongside a series of other jobs around the club, lost his job as part of Arsenal’s recent Covid-19-related cost-cutting drive. 

His position, which he carried out since Gunnersaurus was introduced in 1993, was deemed no longer essential with games currently being played behind closed doors and no supporters to entertain. 

Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has posed for a picture at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since he was sacked

Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus has posed for a picture at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since he was sacked

Mesut Ozil offered to pay the salary of the man inside the Gunnersaurus costume after Arsenal axed the furry mascot as part of cost-cutting measures

Mesut Ozil offered to pay the salary of the man inside the Gunnersaurus costume after Arsenal axed the furry mascot as part of cost-cutting measures

Ozil tweeted his delight at the picture, commenting: 'Happy to see you back where you belong'

Ozil tweeted his delight at the picture, commenting: ‘Happy to see you back where you belong’

But Quy and Gunnersaurus were so popular around the club that his sacking received widespread condemnation from Arsenal fans and celebrities on social media.

Ozil, whose contract runs out next summer, came to the rescue and offered to pay Quy’s wages while the Germany international remains at the club.

It remains unclear if Arsenal have taken up Ozil’s financial offer and reports suggest there is now a roster of people set to work inside the costume, rather than just Quy.

The club had always insisted Gunnersaurus would return when supporters are allowed back in stadiums. 

When announcing he would step in, the German said: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot and integral part of our club was 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.’

He tweeted on Tuesday in response to the picture of Gunnersaurus: ‘Happy to see you back where you belong #YaGunnersYa’. 

Ozil is on £350,000-per-week but is currently frozen out of manager Mikel Arteta’s plans.  

Ozil pictured shaking hands with Gunnersaurus ahead of a match at the Emirates Stadium

Ozil pictured shaking hands with Gunnersaurus ahead of a match at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal's loveable mascot Gunnersaurus was let go, despite his 27 years of service at the club

Arsenal’s loveable mascot Gunnersaurus was let go, despite his 27 years of service at the club

The return of Gunnersaurus was confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

It contained a picture of the mascot stood by the side of the pitch with his thumbs up alongside the caption: ‘Back at Emirates Stadium today’. 

Just like the announcement of 55 redundancies earlier in the summer, which came just before Willian joined on a three-year deal worth up to £220,000-per-week, the decision to part ways with Quy was ill-timed.

Details of his exit emerged on transfer deadline day which ended with Arsenal activating Thomas Partey’s £45million buyout clause and signing the midfielder on a £230,000-per-week four-year deal.  

Arteta will be hoping the mascot’s return can improve results on the pitch. Sunday night’s dismal defeat by Aston Villa was their third Premier League loss of the season and their second at home. 

Despite their defensive improvement, Arsenal have scored just nine goals in eight league games this season which is their fewest at this stage of a league campaign since 1998-99. 

Piers Morgan had led the outcry against the decision, calling for a reversal of the decision

Piers Morgan had led the outcry against the decision, calling for a reversal of the decision

Comedian Jack Whitehall had also shown his support for the sacked Arsenal mascot online

Comedian Jack Whitehall had also shown his support for the sacked Arsenal mascot online

Holly Willoughby also joined the celebrities rallying support for mascot Gunnersaurus

Holly Willoughby also joined the celebrities rallying support for mascot Gunnersaurus

The celebrities were joined by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright in expressing his sadness

The celebrities were joined by former Arsenal striker Ian Wright in expressing his sadness

Celebrities including Holly Willoughby, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan joined the campaign to save Gunnersaurus last month. 

Good Morning Britain presenter Morgan tweeted: ‘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,’ along with a series of angry emojis. 

Willoughby wrote on Instagram: ‘Very very sad to hear the news that @officialgunnersaurus has been released by @arsenal. He was at my son Harry’s 1st birthday and he’s a hero in our house! 

‘He’ll never be extinct in our eyes. Bring back Gunnersaurus!’

Whitehall meanwhile added: ‘The streets will never forget,’ with a picture of the mascot while former Arsenal forward Ian Wright said: ‘Terrible news. Love you Jerry.’

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