'Ozil won!' - Arsenal fans go crazy as key figure returns to the Emirates Stadium
It was a controversial move that shook the club to its core during the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic
Just over a month after being sacked by Arsenal, popular mascot Gunnersaurus is back at the Emirates Stadium.
Following a period of time that saw Arsenal experience some financial difficulties, the club felt the time was right to let go of the popular mascot in an effort to cut costs.
The dinosaur had been a permanent fixture at home matches - both at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium - since 1993, meaning his absence would be a noticeable aspect of the matchday experience.
However, Gunnersaurus was offered a lifeline about out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil, who offered to reimburse the Gunners for the salary they would have to pay out.
At the time, Ozil said: "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."
Now, just over a month after Ozil, who has not played for the Gunners since March, made that pledge, Gunnersaurus is back at the Emirates Stadium.
On Tuesday afternoon, the mascot took to his own personal Twitter account to confirm his return to a place that can only be called home.
On Twitter, posting a picture of himself, Gunnersaurus wrote: "Back at the Emirates Stadium today," whilst putting his thumbs up to signal his return.
Whilst matters on the pitch may have taken a hit over the weekend, as the Gunners were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, Gunnersaurus' announcement seems to have cheered up some members of the Arsenal fan base.
Plenty of them soon flooded social media after Gunnersaurus' announcement, with no shortage of them welcoming him back with open arms. Here is what some Arsenal fans have had to say on Twitter...