Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus, Chelsea’s Stamford And Bridget: Beloved Mascots Of Leading Football…
A Different Ball Game
They’re not as well-known as their more athletic teammates, but mascots at Europe’s leading football clubs are firm fan favourites.
The pandemic hurt Arsenal to such an extent that the Premier League club decided to give Gunnersaurus, the club’s beloved dinosaur mascot, the boot. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s highest paid star, stepped in and offered to pay a part of his 350,000 weekly salary to ensure this dinosaur doesn’t become extinct.
Here’s a closer look at five other mascots who’ve charged up the field at leading clubs:
Declan Rice is understood to take the centre stage in the bidding as he appears to be open for a summer move. Arteta has been eager to strengthen his midfield options for a considerable amount of time now and West Ham captain, Declan Rice, 24, is an ideal choice as he has both domestic and international experience. The Times had reported that Rice has been made Arsenal’s “top target this summer” and the club believes it is in a better position to land him as it is leading the Premier League. West Ham can be forced to sell the 24-year-old as his contract with the team only runs until 2024 with an option to extend his deal.
The potential signing of the West Ham and England midfielder falls in line with the Arsenal manager’s approach to signing young players. Sports experts such as believe that Arsenal signing Rice would be a massive move for the club.
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