Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has withdrawn his offer to pay the salary of Gunnersaurus after it emerged the popular mascot was earning £350k-per-week. On Monday it was revealed that Gunnersaurus had been made redundant after 27 years at the club.
The Tyrannosaurus rex was one of 55 redundancies announced by the club because of the financial impact of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract. Upon hearing the news, German international Ozil announced he would reimburse Arsenal dinosaur’s full salary if they retained his services.
However, the 31-year-old former Real Madrid star changed his mind when informed that the carnivorous mascot earned just as much as he did.
Addressing the U-turn on Twitter, Ozil said: “When I made my very public announcement to cover Gunnersaurus’ salary, I thought he’d be on minimum wage or something. He can get to f**k if he thinks I’m giving him all the money I receive to sit the stands under an umbrella”.
And the World Cup winner also had an answer for those questioned his commitment: “I’d like to take this opportunity to assure nightclub owners around the world I’m still 100% committed to leading a playboy lifestyle”.
Meanwhile, Gunnersaurus expressed his disappointment at Ozil’s decision: “I was in the showroom picking out a new Bentley when I got the news. How come they make me redundant but keep him? At least Arsenal fans see me on the pitch every week”.
However, there was some good news for the 8-foot reptile who revealed he’d be starring in the latest instalment of the Jurassic Park franchise. Jurassic World: The Search for More Money is planned to hit cinemas in June 2022 with Gunnersaurus serving as the story’s main antagonist.
Discussing his big-screen debut with IMDB, the mascot told us: “I hope to follow in the footsteps of other footballers who’ve turned their hand to acting such as Eric Cantona, Vinnie Jones and Ashley Young”.
On Jones, Gunnersaurus said: “It’s hard to believe Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was released in 1998. I mean, there’s probably a whole generation of football fans that think Vinnie Jones is just a sh*t actor”.
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