Arsenal FC has released a statement on Friday insisting they will “remind players of their responsibilities” after a footage emerged that appears to show several Gunners stars inhaling the nitrous oxide.
Players including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi featured in the footage, which seems to come from a CCTV footage and was published by top Uk media outlet ‘The Sun’ paper on Friday.
In a statement, Arsenal stated: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club”
Nitrous oxide is a substance that slows down the brain and the body’s stimulus, giving users a euphoria and can cause hallucinations, but can likewise prompt migraines, dizziness and paranoia. Otherwise known as laughing gas or “hippy crack“, is uninhibitedly accessible in spite of the fact that it is illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.
In the video, which reportedly originates from a London venue presently before the beginning of the season, other Arsenal players including Henrikh Mkhitaryan can be seen dismissing the offer to use the gas.
The video is the latest to indicate top players being connected with nitrous oxide. Raheem Sterling was cautioned by his former club Liverpool after the footage emerged of him inhaling the substance in 2015.
Around the same year, Jack Grealish was also cautioned by the then Aston Villa boss, Tim Sherwood, after pictures of him flood the internet appearing to breathe in the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a comparable occurrence in 2014.
When an image was posted of then Tottenham player Kyle Walker in 2013, he apologised on Twitter, writing: “I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.”