Arsenal fan Piers Morgan leads outrage as membership sack beloved mascot after 27 years — RT Sport Information
Arsenal fans, including TV personality Piers Morgan, reacted outraged after popular Gunnersaurus mascot was sacked by the club on Monday as part of cost-cutting measures.
The Athletic reported that Jerry Quy, who played the role of the Gunnersaurus for 27 years since the mascot was founded in 1993, has been fired from the club as he continues to streamline its operations due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On August 5, Arsenal announced its intention to lay off 55 employees in multiple departments, although Quy is not included in that number as he worked part-time.
Arsenal reportedly have confirmed that they will return to the role in the future, presumably when fans are allowed to return to the stadiums.
Quy, who was a fan of the Gunners for 30 years before becoming Gunnersaurus, even skipped his own brother’s wedding to attend a home game.
Broadcaster and famed Arsenal fan Piers Morgan reacted in disbelief at the news that quickly turned to anger when he launched the hashtag #savegunnersaurus while club legend Ian Wright expressed his sadness:
Gunners supporters were quick to express their own outrage at the news, demanding “justice for Gunnersaurus” and declaring that they “will never forgive this club”.
Another fan urged club owner Stan Kroenke to “rot in hell” while another added, “It’s a deadline and the only news at the club is the release of Gunnersaurus. If you don’t laugh, you will cry.”
It’s deadline and the only breaking news in the club is the release of Gunnersaurus. If you don’t laugh, you will cry
– MR DT (@MrDtAFC) October 5, 2020
Even fans of London rivals West Ham United and Chelsea felt for Quy.
Even as a West Ham fan, I’m sad that he’s gone
– John Smith (⚒⚒⚒) (@ JOHNSMITHH66) October 5, 2020
A tweet from Arsenal’s chief photographer Stuart MacFarlane on Saturday urging fans not to ask him about transfer news because he’s “pretty sure Gunnersaurus knows more than me” now seems even more poignant.
I wish people would stop wasting their time asking me to announce the sign, say Edu, say Arteta, tell the board of directors about signings. I’ve said it many times, I’m just a photographer. I’m pretty sure Gunnersaurus knows more than I do 🦖
– Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 3, 2020
Zenit St. Petersburg also tweeted in response to the news on behalf of former Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin.
Since Quy is no longer employed at the club, a Twitter user suggested Gunnersaurus hilariously to start an OnlyFans page:
Let Gunnersaurus start an OnlyFans.
– Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) October 5, 2020
Another recalled Gunnersaurus as one of his best highlights during his time at the club when he was trying to score a dizzying penalty shot that former coach Arsene Wenger watched.
The Gunners’ decision to let Quy and 55 other employees go comes under Mesut Ozil, who last played for them in March and earned £ 350,000 a week.
Since announcing their layoff plans in August, Arsenal have handed Willian a three-year contract worth £ 220,000 per week and a contract of the same length to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang worth £ 250,000 per week.
The club spent more than £ 30million this summer to win Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari and Runar Alex Runarsson, among others.