Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has offered to pay the wages of Jerry Quy, the person who dons the costume of their mascot Gunnersauras.
Quy has portrayed Gunnersaurus for the past 27 years, but was made redundant as part of the job-cutting scheme implemented by Arsenal in the summer.
The club announced in August that they planned to make 55 roles redundant due to the financial ramifications of the Covid-19 outbreak, with Quy losing his job as a supporter liaison representative.
"Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies," the club said in a statement released on 5 August.
Ozil, who is out of favour with the Premier League side despite weekly wages of £350,000, tweeted: "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.
"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 his job that he loves so much."
On Monday a GoFundMe page for was set up by George Allen and has already raised almost £9,000 – a statement on the page read: "Gunnersaurus has been the Arsenal club mascot for 27 years. He’s a club icon and we cannot let him become extinct."