Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has slammed Mesut Ozil, suggesting that he only offered to pay the mascot’s salary to ‘get the fans back on his side’.
On Monday it was announced that Gunnersaurus, aka Jerry Quy, was being let go by the club. He had given 27 years of service to the club.
Letting the mascot go was part of 55 redundancies made by the Gunners as part of enforced put-backs as a result of COVID-19.
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This news comes after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and their players agreed to take a 12.5% pay-cut in April. Club Executives also agreed to waive around a third of their wages for the next 12 months.
Ozil responded to the mascot being let go on Twitter:
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“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 so Jerry can continue his job that he loves so much.”
The German international has been with the Gunners since 2013. But in recent years he has fallen down the pecking order, with many criticising his work rate.
His contract expires at the end of this current campaign and despite him earning around £350,000 a week, he has not played in any of Arsenal’s games so far this season.
Parlour has not taken this gesture too kindly. He told talkSPORT that Ozil has done this to get himself back in favour with the fans:
“It is [a PR stunt], yeah. I wish Gunnersaurus was on £300,000-a-week because they’d get their money’s worth.
“It’s nothing he’s done to me, but I reckon it’s a very good PR stunt.
“Don’t you think, Al? Behind the scenes, to get the fans back on his side, let’s do that.”