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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

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

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

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

Quy (pictured) is a lifelong fan and even missed his brother's 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 Gunners also handed a bumper new contract to worth £250,000 per week in September and Willian was also given £220,000-a-week deal after signing from Chelsea.  

The Gunnersaurus suit has been at Quy's home since lockdown which led to a series of photos

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

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

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. 

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