Arsenal sacks mascot after 27 years due to Covid-19 economic crisis

Arsenal sacks mascot after 27 years due to Covid-19 economic crisis

- Arsenal have cut ties with their mascot after 27 years of service

- The North Londoners are trying to beat down their expenses after the outbreak of Covid-19

- Gunnersaurus has treated the club's fans to series of excitement both on matchdays and otherwise

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Arsenal has parted ways with their mascot Gunnersaurus as they continue to beat down their expenses due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The North Londoners were forced to cut ties with Jerry Quy, the man behind the 'dinosaur mask' after 27 years of service. His services were also no longer needed since the fans have not been allowed into the stadium since March.

The Emirates Stadium outfit confirmed that they will be letting go of 55 of their non-playing staff but the announcement did not sit down well with the fans as they responded with hostility.

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Arsenal sack Gunnersaurs after 27 years of service due to coronavirus economic crisis

Arsenal end a 27-year relationship with their mascot due to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Getty Images
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Players also felt the decision was needless about the redundancies despite agreeing to take pay-cuts to help the club's finances, as reported by Daily Mail citing the Athletic.

However, despite their bid to cut down on expenses, Arsenal are still stuck with Mesut Ozil, who earns a staggering £350,000 a week in spite of his bench-warming roles at the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also convinced to remain at the Emirates Stadium after signing a new deal worth £250,000 a week last month while also landing Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea in a deal that sees him take home £220,000 per week.

However, Quy's exit was not included among the 55 redundancies because his role with the club is based on a part-time basis.

The mascot has been a huge part of the club's journey, experiencing the highs of Arsene Wenger's reign, including the invincible season of 2003 to 2004.

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Gunners beat Reds to reach EFL Cup quarter-finals

Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Arsenal are through to the EFL Cup quarterfinal stage following their victory over Premier League champions Liverpool on Thursday, October 1.

Bernd Leno was the hero for the Gunners after making two superb saves that saw Mikel Arteta's men prevail over the Reds at the end of the meeting.

The encounter was stretched into shootouts after both EPL outfits failed to find the back of the net during the regulation period.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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