After the reinstatement of Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus mascot at the Emirates Stadium, Mesut Ozil expressed his satisfaction.
The mascot, played by Jerry Quy for the past 27 years, posted a Tuesday tweet from the sidelines of the home ground of the Premier League club with the caption: “Back at Emirates Stadium today.”
As part of Arsenal’s job-cutting program, Gunnersaurus was originally made redundant last month to assist with Covid-19’s financial impact.
The decision sparked an angry response from parts of the fanbase of Arsenal and a global outpouring of # JusticeForGunnersaurus hashtag support.
Ozil was devastated by Quy’s dismissal after being frozen out of the Gunners squad and promised to pay the mascot’s salary for the entire time that he was an Arsenal player.
“While it is unclear who portrays Gunnersauras and pays his salary, Ozil announced his delight with the return of the mascot on Twitter:” Happy to see you back where # YaGunnersYa belongs.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta of their Premier League and Europa League squads cut Ozil with the Spanish coach maintaining that he tried his hardest to squeeze the German international into the lists.