The man who has worn the costume for 27 years, Jerry Quy, was effectively made redundant earlier this week as part of cost-cutting measures to help ease the financial burden of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Outcast Ozil, who hasn’t played a game for the Gunners since March, made the grand gesture of covering the mascot’s wages so he can continue his role.
The German said in a post on social media: ‘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.’
Arsenal responded to Ozil’s offer by insisting that the much-loved mascot will return when fans are allowed back at matches.
‘It is [a PR stunt], yeah,’ Parlour told talkSPORT. ‘I wish Gunnersaurus was on £300,000-a-week because they’d get their money’s worth.’
‘I reckon it’s a very good PR stunt. Behind the scenes, to get the fans back on his side, let’s do that.’