Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil wants to save Gunnersaurus from extinction.
Ozil expressed sadness on Tuesday after learning that Jerry Quy – the individual who works as Arsenal's mascot – was declared a non-essential employee of the club after 27 years.
By not allowing fans to attend matches since March, Gunnersaurus has been absent from Emirates Stadium. Even when fans are allowed to turn around, someone else will don the green dinosaur costume.
“It made me very sad that Jerry Quy, better known as our famous & loyal mascot @gunnersaurus and an integral part of our club has been declared non-essential after 27 years,” Ozil tweeted.
“I offer to contribute @Arsenal the full salary of our green giant as long as he is an Arsenal player so that Jerry can continue in the job he loves so much,” he added.
Ozil, who used the label “Justice for Gunnersaurus,” is one of Arsenal's highest-paid players, at more than $ 20 million annually.
But the German midfielder has played little since March. Arsenal has been unable to position him while trying to cut costs due to the financial impact of the pandemic. The pet was within 55 non-essential squares.