Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 7:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Advertisement Mesut Ozil has offered to pay the wages of Arsenal club mascot Gunnersaurus (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have responded to Mesut Ozil’s stunning offer to pay the wages of club mascot Gunnersaurus by insisting the world’s most notorious footballing dinosaur will return to work once the Emirates Stadium is open for business again.Jerry Quy, the man who has entertained fans of the club by donning the iconic green costume since 1993, was effectively made redundant earlier this week as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic which has prevented supporters from attending home matches since early March.Ozil, who has been frozen out of the first team picture by manager Mikel Arteta, is the club’s highest earning player on £350,000-a-week and refused to join the rest of his team-mates by taking a 12.5% pay cut during the national lockdown.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal announced their decision to make 55 staff redundant earlier this summer, but Ozil has seemingly chosen to ride to the rescue of Quy and promised to pay his wages for as long as he is still employed the club. ADVERTISEMENTHe wrote on Instagram: ‘I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous & loyal mascot @Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years. Ian Wright was among the Arsenal legends who have aired their dissatisfaction at the demise of Gunnersaurus (Picture: Twitter)‘As such, I’m offering to reimburse @Arsenal with the full salary of our big green guy as long as I will be an Arsenal player…’Responding to Ozil’s act of kindness, an Arsenal spokeperson told ESPN: ‘Gunnersaurus is not extinct and will return to action when fans are allowed back at matches.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhile Gunnersaurus lives on, it is unclear whether or not it will be Quy who is employed to undetake the role and when that might be, given the government has rode back on its initial plans to partially reopen football statdiums this month. The likes of super fan Piers Morgan have reacted to Quy’s demise by calling out the club they support, with the GMB presenter tweeting yesterday: ‘You’re going nowhere @Gunnersaurus. I refuse to let @Arsenal sack you. Come on @m8arteta @Aubameyang7 – this is not what our club is about. #savegunnersaurus,’MORE: Holly Willoughby shares heartache after Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus let go by club: ‘He’s a hero in our house’MORE: The key reason Thomas Partey wanted to leave Atletico and join ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil’s incredible Gunnersaurus offer
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The Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education Fund (CHASE) will announce the date for the staging of the 11th annual prestigious Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at the opening of the nominations media event to be held today at the Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston.The award has been gaining much traction over its 10-year lifespan, with an increased number of Jamaicans anxious to nominate an athlete who, in their eyes, has added to the phenomenal legacy that has been built by former athletes and Olympians as early at the 1940s.The impressive list of decorated athletes who have been honoured with the celebrated Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence are James ‘Jimmy’ Adams, cricketer (2005); Deon Hemmings McCatty (2006), track and field (hurdles); Elaine Lamour Davis (2007), netball; Nehemiah Perry, (2008), cricket; Brigitte Foster-Hylton (2009), track and field (hurdles); Aleen Bailey (2011), track and field; Dr. Neil Gardner (2011), cricket; Veronica Campbell-Brown (2012), track and field; Wavell Wayne Hinds (2013) cricket; and Michael Frater (2014), track and field.The Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence carries an attractive cash award of J$500,000 and a crystal trophy emblazoned with the name of the winner.Student of Excellence awardIn its continued quest to celebrate excellence in sports, the selection committee has also placed its focus on the achievements of upcoming male and female athletes at the secondary education level and will again recognise them at this year’s award ceremony.The first awards were presented in 2013. Winners are presented with a cash award of $250,000 and trophies.Natalie Neita Headley, minister with responsibility for sports, is expected to declare nominations open today.Much thought was put into the establishment of this award when former prime minister, PJ Patterson, made the announcement in 2003 and placed it into the hands of CHASE to administer and select persons to be honoured in the name of Jamaican Ambassador at Large Courtney Andrew Walsh, OJ.