Sunday 18 August 2019

Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus hit in the face by penalty from young fan

It was a tough day all round for the furry dinosaur.

It was a bad day for Gunnersaurus (John Walton/PA)
It was a bad day for Gunnersaurus (John Walton/PA)

By Alistair Mason, PA

Gunnersaurus had a tough first day back at the office as he took a football to the face in a penalty shoot-out.

The Arsenal mascot was on duty for the Gunners’ Emirates Cup game against Lyon, and as part of the entertainment laid on around the game he took his place in goal as a youngster attempted to score a penalty past him.

Sadly for all concerned, the penalty taker failed to find the corner and instead socked the ball square into the furry dinosaur’s face.

As Gunnersaurus lay prone on the floor, the youngster then followed in and tapped the ball home to score on the rebound, encouraged by pitchside announcer Nigel Mitchell.

In fact it was a tough day all round for Gunnersaurus, who also lost a penalty shoot-out to Bayern Munich mascot Berni.

It was not much better for Arsenal on the pitch either as they lost the Emirates Cup final 2-1 to Lyon.

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