Arsenal have been accused of lacking class after the club had initially planned for a permanent redundancy of Gunnersaurus.
The club have undergone a number of redundancies in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
As well as 55 members of staff being offed, Daniel Quy – better known as Gunnersaurus – was also let go.
He has been dressing up as a dinosaur as the club’s mascot since 1993 but was deemed unnecessary with a lack of fans at the Emirates.
The decision drew a huge reaction on social media with fans furious that the club let go such an iconic figure.
But Mesut Ozil stepped up and made a kind gesture.
“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,” Ozil tweeted.
“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.”
Earlier this week, Gunnersaurus tweeted that it was “good to be back” at the Emirates.
Daniel’s son, Jerry, has now come out and condemned Arsenal for their decision to axe his dad.
He said in a statement: “My Dad totally served Arsenal in the much-loved role of Gunnersaurus, his alter ego, for 27 years (voluntarily for the first 14!), helping to create a character mascot that is hugely responsible across the world of football and beyond.
“In response to the pandemic, Arsenal FC decided they would include the role of Gunnersaurus as part of their cost-cutting redundancy exercise, owing to the lack of match days and community opportunities.
“Understandably so, as it wasn’t a full-time role any more, but Gunner wasn’t about to become extinct! Just simply lose his familiar heart and soul.
“Unfortunately, Arsenal were unable to find a suitable way to include my Dad in their ‘new normal’ part-time plans, or even offer him the chance to hand over his legacy. Perhaps they see him as an extinct dinosaur after all!
“To ‘ace with class’ is an Arsenal value that I remember well from my time working at the club, and my Dad certainly honoured that. However, I don’t feel this was reciprocated in how his journey ended.
“All this to say, this unique and privileged job has given the family and fans alike many great memories, and all good things do eventually come to an end.
“I’d like to thank George Ellen for setting up the GoFundMe page, and Mesut Ozil and the hundreds of Arsenal fans who sent thoughtful messages and donations – I know this support means so much to my Dad.
“But it was never about the money, it was about my Dad’s loyalty and memories of 27 fond years of Gunnersaurus. All funds received will be donated to charities close to y Dad’s heart.”
Source: All Football