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Paul Merson says Thomas Partey’s Arsenal wages should have gone to Gunnersaurus

The club’s iconic mascot was made redundant last week (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has once again slammed the decision to axe Gunnersaurus and says some of new signing Thomas Partey’s salary could have been given to the mascot.

The north London club made the unpopular decision to axe their giant green dinosaur mascot due to the continued absence of fans from games, though they insist his ‘extinction’ is only temporary and he will return at a later date.

At the same time Gunnersaurus was let go – which came just a few months after the club made 55 redundancies – Arsenal spent £45million to sign Partey from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.

Mesut Ozil has offered to pay Gunnersaurus’ salary (Picture: Getty Images)

While former Gunners midfielder Merson was delighted to see the Ghanaian join, he feels his old club have made a major misstep by axing Gunnersaurus at the same time.

Writing for the Daily Star, Merson said: ‘They’ve just signed Thomas Partey for £45m. If he’s on £150,000-a-week, are you telling me they couldn’t have offered £149,000 and given the rest to the dinosaur?

‘The club are putting money above the…