Piers Morgan has led the backlash against Arsenal after the north London club sacked Gunnersaurus, their mascot of 27 years, in their latest cost-cutting exercise.
The Gunners courted controversy earlier this year when they made 55 members of staff redundant during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – though those changes mainly affected the scouting departing.
Now in a separate move from that initial wave of sackings, Arsenal have rather surprisingly got rid of their much-loved mascot, who has been a mainstay at the club since 1993.
According to The Athletic, Jerry Quy – who has played the role since its inception nearly three decades ago – has been let go with Arsenal citing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their finances as the reason.
With fans still not allowed at grounds around the country, Gunnersaurus’ place at the club has been deemed ‘no longer necessary’.
But the mascot was something of a cult figure and much loved by supporters, while Quy himself has been an Arsenal fan since the 1960s and has been hailed for his work under the dinosaur suit.
Good Morning Britain host and Arsenal season ticket holder Piers Morgan was livid with the decision and has called on the club’s manager and captain to bring Gunnersaurus back.
He continued: ‘You’re going nowhere Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let Arsenal sack you. Come on Mikel Arteta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – this is not what our club is about.’
Match of the Day’s Gary Lineker responded to Morgan’s tweet, saying: ‘Shouldn’t be necessary, but it might be a good move and an act of kindness for the Arsenal players and manager to club together and sort out this absurdity.’
While Arsenal have confirmed that Quy has left his post as Gunnersaurus after 27 years, they insists the beloved mascot will return at a later date when supporters are allowed back at the Emirates.
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Actu monde – GB – Piers Morgan fumes as Arsenal sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus