Ar­se­nal play­ers filmed us­ing 'hippy crack'

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Goal

- Ar­se­nal said yes­ter­day they will "re­mind play­ers of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties" after a video emerged that ap­pears to show a number of stars in­hal­ing ni­trous ox­ide.

Play­ers in­clud­ing Me­sut Ozil, Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang, Alexan­dre La­cazette and Mat­teo Guen­douzi fea­ture in the footage, which ap­pears to come from CCTV footage and was pub­lished by the Sun news­pa­per yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment Ar­se­nal said: "The play­ers will be spo­ken to about this and re­minded of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the club."

Ni­trous ox­ide, also known as laugh­ing gas or "hippy crack", is freely avail­able although it is tech­ni­cally il­le­gal to sell it for recreational pur­poses. In the video, which re­port­edly comes from a London venue shortly be­fore the start of the cur­rent sea­son, other Gun­ners play­ers in­clud­ing Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan can be seen re­ject­ing the of­fer to use the gas.

The footage is the lat­est to show top play­ers be­ing linked with ni­trous ox­ide. Ra­heem Ster­ling was warned by his then club Liver­pool after footage emerged of him us­ing the sub­stance in 2015. 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.

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."

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