Arsenal players were in the headlines for the wrong reasons after being captured in a CCTV footage inhaling illegal substance Nitrous oxide.
The club authorities released an official statement on the matter saying that they will “remind players of their responsibilities.” The players involved in the incident were the biggest stars of the team including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and teenager, Matteo Guendouzi.
The incident was and the CCTV footage was published originally by The Sun on Friday. In a statement, Arsenal said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.”
The video was released by The Sun:
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or “hippy crack”, is freely available although it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.
The incident reportedly took place at a London venue sometime prior to the start of the current season.
The Arsenal stars are not the first footballers to be linked with inhaling nitrous oxide. In 2015, Raheem Sterling was warned by his former club Liverpool FC after a footage appeared where he was inhaling the same substance.
During the same year, Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish was warned by the then head coach Tim Sherwood after picture s of him inhaling the substance was circulated.
Tottenham player Kyle Walker was also involved in a similar incident in 2013, he took to social media to apologise, 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.”
However, it must also be noted that the incident took place before the beginning of the current season and the North London club is currently doing well and are 20-games undefeated.