Sight for ‘saur’ eyes as Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus sacked

Written by Sport, Sport Features

Move over Barney, there’s another dinosaur at the Job Centre this week.

For those of you who know of work for big green dinosaurs you might want to contact Jerry Quy, or his alter-ego Gunnersaurus, who was sacked by Arsenal a couple weeks back. Gunnersaurus has been left extinct after vigorous cost cutting at the Emirates, resulting in numerous staff members losing their jobs due to COVID-19.

Gunnersaurus, who’s been a staple of the club since his birth in 1993, is now a free agent as he was sacked after 27 years of service. He’d even been keeping up with his loyal followers online during isolation, doing the odd bit of gardening and ironing a few shirts.

Many were quick to poke fun at the sacking, even inspiring a few clubs to reveal mock transfers. Most notable was Sevilla, who tweeted “Dreams do come true. Welcome, @Gunnersaurus.

While this did get a few laughs, even from yours truly, the brass tacks of the situation is rather upsetting. A club which seems to have swiftly sacked lower-level staff members as a result of COVID, yet can still warrant not only the signing of Thomas Partey for around £60million, but paying him £220,000 a week, screams hypocrisy. Even Ozil, who is well out of his prime, received an £8 million loyalty bonus just last week.

However, Ozil has hinted towards bringing the green dino back to his stomping ground, tweeting “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..”.

The image of Gunnersaurus leaving the Emirates for the last time was truly a sight for saur eyes. Hopefully he won’t remain fossilised, and will be back from extinction soon.

Featured Image: Twitter @Gunnersaurus

Last modified: 26th October 2020

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