Arsenal used to ooze class – now they don’t know what the word means

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Mesut Ozil has made Arsenal look absolutely stupid by offering to pay for Gunnersaurus to keep his job.

But binning their mascot just shows how selfish and out of touch the people who run the club are these days.

You cannot believe how angry I am about this. It is unbelievably shocking at the highest level.

Arsenal used to ooze class. I don’t think the owners even know what that word means any more.

Whoever made the decision to get rid of the mascot needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

The guy in the suit, Jerry Quy. This bloke loves doing that. He was there when I played for Arsenal. He’s an institution.

My kids grew up with him. They would be as interested in the dinosaur as they were in the players. Their faces would light up.

It absolutely does my head in that they’ve got rid of him just to save money. How many other clubs, ones in the lower leagues who are really struggling, have done that?

Even if they bring him back when fans are allowed back in the stadium, it’s a disgrace.

It’s not just about what he does on a matchday. Think about how much it keeps kids who can’t go happy when they get something in the post from the mascot.

If you’re making kids happy it doesn’t matter how much you’re on a week. And let’s be honest there are plenty of higher earners at Arsenal.

The people in charge don’t care about the fans. If they did, the first thing they would have said is: “We keep Jerry Quy.”

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 fans, above the things that are important. I can’t catch my breath if I’m being honest.

I don’t think the people who run the club understand the club really.

I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.

I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.

But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening at Arsenal at all sometimes. It’s not the club I remember.

It would have been so easy to keep Jerry Quy on. But the just went: “Let’s save ourselves a tuppence.” Because that’s all it is at the end of the day.

The guy’s been an Arsenal fan all his life. He’s one of their own. He’s worn the suit since day one.

To tell him you don’t need him and he’s out, just like that, it isn’t right in my opinion.

They’ve made all these low-paid people redundant and asked the players to take a pay cut but they’re still spending big money, aren’t they?

I hope they bring him back like they say they will because they never should have done this in the first place. It’s wrong.

Southgate will be worried he's not being listened to

Gareth Southgate is not one to hold a grudge and he won’t be freezing out the England players who’ve let him down.

But he’s got to be careful because if they keep misbehaving like this and forcing him to drop them, he won’t have anyone left to pick from!

I didn’t agree with him leaving Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood out of this squad because I thought they had been punished enough by being sent home.

But he was trying to send a strong message – and to have Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho let him down now is bad news.

It will worry him that he’s been tough with them and laid down the law, and some of his players still aren’t listening.

I feel for them in some ways. They’re young. It’s inexperience really. I don’t think they all fully understand the Coronavirus rules.

But they have to realise how big they are in society. How much responsibility they have as role models. People will see them partying and think: “If they can, so can I.”

Gareth was my captain at Aston Villa and he was strong on discipline. But he never held grudges. He won’t freeze players out. They just have to prove he can trust them.

Cavani shows United are going nowhere

Edinson Cavani is an underwhelming signing for Manchester United that shows they are going nowhere.

He’s been available on a free transfer since I don’t know when, and I don’t think they got beaten by Tottenham because they can’t put the ball in the net.

Having a man sent off in that game just gave them an excuse. They were already all over the shop defensively.

It’s hard to play for a big club when you haven’t got any pace and their centre backs have none.

I thought they were a shoe-in for the top four before the season started but until they get some legs in that back four I don’t see where they are going.

They have opened the door for teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton to finish in the top four this season.

I don’t think they are a top four club at the moment. They can’t defend for toffee, and they let Chris Smalling go to Roma. He would probably get in the team right now.

Cavani feels like a Quick Fix. But he’s probably not even that if I’m being honest. I don’t see him being the difference.

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