Arsenal fans woke up on transfer deadline day this summer hoping for some big news. We had only signed Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and Runar Alex Runarsson at that point, and it was hugely important to make a marquee signing that day.
Mikel Arteta, Edu and Co well and truly delivered as we completed the signing of Thomas Partey moments before the deadline. Arsenal fans went wild, and the optimism around the Emirates shot through the roof.
However, the joy of signing Partey came after the sad news on the same day about our mascot. Gunnersaurus was made redundant by Arsenal along with the 55 other people who were shown the door due to the impact of the global pandemic. (BBC)
The man inside the suit, Jerry Quy, has been a part of our club for 27 years. The decision to let him leave was a shock to many, and Arsenal received a ton of criticism from almost everyone associated with the game.
Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s ‘unjustifiable’ decision
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had his say about the situation today. The legendary Frenchman has slammed the club – calling the decision to sack Gunnersaurus ‘unjustifiable’.
Wenger told So Foot: “The decision was financially unjustifiable. I don’t know what got into them. No one can understand it. Everyone who loves Arsenal didn’t take the decision well. I’m part of them.”
“They laid off 55 people, which could possibly be explained by a certain reorganisation, a desire for efficiency. The mascot cannot be justified by a desire to rebalance finances. It’s incomprehensible.”
Mesut Ozil publicly took the responsibility of covering Gunnersaurus’ wages until the end of his Arsenal contract. The move was viewed by many as a PR stunt, but the most important thing is that the German saved Quy’s job, and he deserves a ton of credit for that.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal bring Gunnersaurus back when the fans are allowed to return to the stadium. A situation like this would never have happened if Wenger was still at the helm, and our former boss is absolutely spot on – the decision was ‘incomprehensible’.