• Jerry Quy made redundant from mascot role after 27 years
  • Özil ready to pay for ‘our big green guy’ while with club

Mesut Özil has offered to pay the full salary of Jerry Quy, the man inside Arsenal’s famous Gunnersaurus mascot costume, for as long as he remains a player at the club.

Quy has occupied the role for 27 years alongside a succession of other jobs at Arsenal, playing an integral part as Gunnersaurus became a fixture at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium, as well as an instantly recognisable figure far beyond. With no matches for the mascot to attend until supporters return to Premier League games, he was recently made redundant as part of a series of controversial cost-cutting measures attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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