Arsenal to Remind Players of 'Responsibilities' After Video of Nitrous Oxide Use

Rex Christensen
December 8, 2018

In footage obtained by The Sun, Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are shown inhaling nitrous oxide at a party in London back in August.

"Hippy crack" - also known as laughing gas - can severely affect coordination and lead to potentially devastating health issues such as heart attacks or even death.

After seeing the video, an Arsenal spokesperson told BBC Sport that players would be "spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities".

While it is not illegal to possess the drug, it is illegal to give away or sell.

He is expected to be right in the mix for the Premier League Golden Boot award at the end of the season, spearheading the Gunners' top-four challenge.

Premier League top scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is said to feature in the video
Premier League top scorer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is said to feature in the video

The Sun quoted a source as saying that the players had been "off their heads on the gas" and that Ozil, 30, a World Cup victor with Germany in 2014, had "looked out of it at one point".

Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan and German defender Shkodran Mustafi were also present, but they were not seen inhaling from balloons.

In the same year, Jack Grealish was warned by the then Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood after pictures emerged of him appearing to inhale the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a similar incident in 2014.

The Gunners are now on an unbeaten run of 20 straight matches following their 2-2 draw with Manchester United midweek.

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