Arsenal's loveable mascot Gunnersaurs has been sacked after 27 years of service as part of the club's latest Covid-19 financial cuts.
According to The Athletic, Jerry Quy, who has played the role of the dinosaur mascot since its establishment in 1993, has been let go.
Arsenal have felt the absence of fans more than most with the club more reliant on their match-day revenue, and as such Gunnersaurus' role is no longer deemed essential.
Arsenal's loveable mascot Gunnersaurus has been sacked after 27 years of service at the club
Jerry Quy, who has played the role since 1993, has been let go as part of a cost-cutting process
The mascot's departure follows the 55 redundancies the club made in August due to Covid-19
Quy (pictured) is a lifelong fan and even missed his brother's wedding to attend a home game
Arsenal announced they were making 55 redundancies in August because of the financial impact of the pandemic, a decision which was met with hostility from fans.
While Arsenal's finances have undoubtedly been hit by the pandemic, Mesut Ozil earns £350,000 per week, which equates to £18million per year, despite falling out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta. Ozil has not played a single minute for Arsenal so far this season.
The Gunnersaurus suit has been at Quy's home since lockdown which led to a series of photos
The mascot 'worked from home' like the rest of the nation during the Covid-19 lockdown
Quy was a much loved figure with Arsenal fans and the decision is not likely to be popular
Because Quy's role is part-time, his departure is not counted among the 55 redundancies but is part of the same cost-cutting process.
Gunnersaurus's departure is bound to also upset supporters with mascot a hugely popular figure at the club. Quy has also shown his dedication to following the Gunners home and away since 1963.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in -