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Arsenal has parted ways with its mascot Gunnersaurs 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 ‘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.
Players also felt the decision was needless about the redundancies despite agreeing to take pay-cuts to help the club the club’s finances as reported by Daily Mail citing the Athletic.
However, despite their bid to cut down on expenses, Arsenal is 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 a £220,000-per-week. Although 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 2003-2004. YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Arsenal is 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.
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