11 of Gunnersaurus’ best moments: Zebra racing with Bellerin, fishing…
Of all the losses to normality we have endured during this pandemic, this one may just be the most difficult to bear.
On Transfer Deadline Day, news broke that beloved Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus was being released by the club after 27 years service – rumours of a late approach by West Ham remain unfounded. Despite having no thematic link to Arsenal Football Club, the reptilian prince entranced a generation of young Gunners supporters and managed to capture the hearts of a fair few neutrals too.
Here, we present 11 of Gunnersaurus’ best moments:
Playing with Arsene Wenger
A relationship once memorably immortalised by Guardian cartoonist David Squires, the two cornerstones of Arsenal Football Club share a precious moment on the training field.
— God Willing (@Messssut_) October 5, 2020
Two of society’s purest creatures enjoy cuddles and play fights on the Emirates pitch.
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) October 5, 2020
Not even Andrea Pirlo would dream of attempting a Panenka on Gunnersaurus.
Mascot. Keeper. Dream maker.
Gunnersaurus could do it all 🙌 pic.twitter.com/DIsqo5MVKR
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 5, 2020
But, with all this practice, is it any surprise our green friend is the new Buffon?
Still doing half time penalties at mine if anyone's interested? 🧤 pic.twitter.com/L5P4V9XlmL
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) June 17, 2020
He’s not bad with his feet either.
Progress… ■■■■■■■■■□□ pic.twitter.com/BizZzqcio4
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) May 27, 2020
It’s not hard to imagine Gunnersaurus being a cool customer on the dancefloors of Islington’s finest establishments.
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) January 11, 2019
The New Cumberbatch
He can also be relied upon for his chameleon-like acting skills.
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) November 6, 2019
Many birthdays have been curtailed this year, but with friends like these who needs fancy celebrations?
— Junior Gunners (@JuniorGunners) June 24, 2020
Setting hearts racing
We’d have loved to be a fly on the wall in the meeting where this photo op was conceived.
CAPTION THIS 🤣🤣🤣
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) March 19, 2020
Gunnersaurus is a creature of many talents – here, he shows us his dedication to keeping a clean sheet.
Sad when my Arsenal duvet cover has to go in the wash 😞 pic.twitter.com/r01m0ofszX
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) May 22, 2020
Eschewing the craze surrounding Tiger King, Gunnersaurus is clearly a dinosaur that knows his own mind.
— Gunnersaurus (@Gunnersaurus) April 12, 2020