Jerry Quy, the man inside the giant green costume, has been made redundant by Arsenal after serving as the dinosaur mascot for 27 years.
The club insisted the move was a necessary cost-cutting measure amid the coronavirus crisis and with the mascot out of action as fans are not allowed into the Emirates.
However, Quy may be back in a job thanks to Ozil, who has offered to pay his salary if he is brought back into the fold, while ever the German remains an Arsenal player.
Ozil posted on Instagram: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @officialgunnersaurus 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. ❤️🙏🏼
‘#JusticeForGunnersaurus #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa’
Ozil has not featured yet this season as he remains frozen out at Arsenal, despite earning a mammoth £350,000-a-week at the club.
He has not entered the last year of his contract, with his current deal expiring in the summer of 2021.
‘WHAT? This had better not be true,’ Morgan tweeted on Monday. ‘Is it Arsenal??!
‘You’re going nowhere Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let Arsenal sack you. Come on Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – this is not what our club is about.’
Lineker added: ‘Shouldn’t be necessary, but it might be a good move and an act of kindness for the Arsenal players and manager to club together and sort out this absurdity.’
Arsenal legend Ian Wright was also against the decision, blasting the ‘terrible news’ on Twitter.