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Mesut Ozil’s move to rescue club mascot Gunnersaurus leaves Arsenal on the deck

Mesut Ozil’s move to rescue club mascot Gunnersaurus leaves Arsenal on the deck as he looks to have the last laugh in his final 10 months

  • Ozil has offered to pay salary of Jerry Quy, who wears the Gunnersaurus outfit
  • It came after Arsenal axed the lovable mascot as part of cost-cutting measures
  • However, his decision may have been get one over on Arsenal before he leaves

It was rather like the touch we used to know. Remember his bouncer, the one where he would squish the ball between turf and boot and in one motion trick a keeper to ground as a shot spun just high enough to beat him? He could kill with his grace back, when he was less ornamental.

How marvellous to see it again on Tuesday. To see those instincts for the perfect strike, the sense of timing, the ingenuity of the act, and maybe it was the last time.

None of which is to suggest his rescue of Gunnersaurus was anything less than noble. That’s because on a human level in a ropey time, a loyal supporter of the club can now stay in a role for which he once missed his brother’s wedding, apparently.