Arsenal’s North London outfit has severed ties with their mascot despite making further signings that led the Ozil to offer to pay his wages for as long as he stays in Arsenal.
The German playmaker, Mesut Ozil has made “Arsenal look absolutely stupid” by offering to pay the mascot Gunnersaurus wages. Says Paul Merson. The Gunners are being questioned for letting “an institution” go amid supposed cost-cutting measures while handing a £150,000 a week contract to Thomas Partey.
The summer transfer window closed with Mikel Arteta able to add on his commanding midfielder with the ex-Atletico Madrid star Partey.
Considerable funds were found there including a £45 million fee. But, no money was left in the pot to extend Gunnersaurus’ association with the club.
The club’s decision to part with the popular and long-serving character has been worldwide met with criticism.
Mesut had come out and said he was willing to pay the Arsenal’s mascot salary. But, the tongue twister lies in the fact that the German is currently frozen out of the first team under Arteta, he has no long-term future and the club just signed a new midfielder.
Merson had his view concerning the matter. He said, “Mesut Ozil had made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job”.
“But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days. You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It’s unbelievably shocking at the highest level”.
“Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what words mean anymore. Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves”.
“The guy in the suit, Jerry Quy. This bloke loves doing that. He was there when I played for Arsenal. HE’s an institution. My kids grew up with him. They would be as interested in the dinosaur as they were in the players. Their faces would light up”.
“It absolutely does my head in that they’ve got rid of him just to save money. How many other clubs, ones in the lower leagues who are really struggling have done that? Even if they bring him back, when fans are allowed back in the stadium, it’s a disgrace”.
Merson added, “They’ve just signed Thomas Partey for £45m. If he’s on £150,000 a week, are you telling me they couldn’t have offered £149,000 and given the rest to the dinosaur?”
“The club is putting money above the fans, the things that are important. Can’t catch my breath if I’m being honest. I don’t think the people who run the club understand the club really”.
“I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Arteta is doing really well. Partey is an unbelievable signing. I don’t know why Manchester City and Manchester United didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got”.
“But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening to Arsenal. It’s not the club I remember. It would have been so easy to keep Jerry Quy on. But they just went, ‘let’s save ourselves terpene”.
“Because that’s all it is at the end of the day”.