Ray Parlour says Arsenal will see through Mesut Ozil's "PR stunt" over Gunnersaurus' wages and ensure that he will never play for the club again.
Ozil stepped in to offer to pay the wages of Gunners employee Jerry Quy, who has played the club's green dinosaur mascot at home matches and club community events for the past 27 years.
Quy was made redundant by the club as part of a series of cost-cutting measures affecting non-playing staff, at the same time as the Gunners were splashing out £45million on midfielder Thomas Partey.
Although Arsenal say that the Gunnersaurus character will remain as part of the Emirates Stadium matchday experience when fans return, they haven't said anything about Quy's future, with Ozil taking to social media to offer his support to the club employee.
"I was so sad that Jerry Quy aka our famous and loyal mascot Gunnersaurus and integral part of our club was being made redundant after 27 years," Ozil wrote.
"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 so Jerry can continue in his job that he loves so much."
Former Gunners midfielder Parlour says that the gesture is nothing but a PR stunt from Ozil, who hasn't played for the club in seven months as he sees out the final year of his £350,000-a-week Gunners contract.
“It is [a PR stunt], yeah,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“I wish Gunnersaurus was on £300,000-a-week because they’d get their money’s worth.
“It’s nothing he’s done to me, but I reckon it’s a very good PR stunt. Don’t you think? Behind the scenes, to get the fans back on his side, let’s do that.”
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Parlour added that he doesn't see Ozil ever playing for the club again.
When asked if he was surprised to see the German omitted from all squads this season, including the Carabao Cup games at Leicester and Liverpool, he added: “Not really.
"He’s [Arteta] got young players now that he really wants and have gone in front of Mesut Ozil – people like [Joe] Willock and [Reiss] Nelson and players like that. They are going to get a chance.
“They have made that big decision. They have still got to pay his wages but he’s not going to be involved.”
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