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Arsenal news: Players will be ‘reminded of their responsibilities’ after ‘hippy crack’ video emerged


Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi were among the players who appeared to be inhaling nitrous oxide at party in August

Arsenal players, including Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, will be reminded of their responsibilities, the club have said.

This comes after a number of first team stars were filmed appearing to inhale nitrous oxide and passing out in a private room inside a London club before the start of the season.

The footage obtained by The Sun shows Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi at the centre of a ‘hippy crack’ binge.

Aubameyang can be seen with a balloon in his mouth

Aubameyang can be seen with a balloon in his mouth

A club spokesman said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.”

Ozil, 30, appears to fall semi-conscious with a gas-filled balloon in his mouth, while Guendouzi, 19, seems to pass out completely.

Guendouzi appears to lose consciousness

Guendouzi appears to lose consciousness

Nitrous oxide gas can cause coordination problems, heart attacks and its use has even resulted in death.

Gunners striker Aubameyang, the Premier League’s top scorer, and Sead Kolasinac also appear in the video with balloons in their mouths.

According to The Sun, the players racked up a bill of between £25,000 and £30,000 during the private bash at the exclusive Tape club in London’s West End.

Kolasinac sucks on a gas-filled balloon

Kolasinac sucks on a gas-filled balloon

A source at the party told the newspaper: “Boxes of ‘hippy crack’ canisters were brought in and the players were blowing up balloons and inhaling.

“They were off their heads on the gas — some of them appeared to pass out. It got pretty wild.

“Ozil looked out of it at one point. He took a big draw on a balloon then seemed to lose consciousness and slide down in his seat.

Ozil was apparently ‘out of it’

Ozil was apparently ‘out of it’

“The young player with the curly hair was also encouraged to have a go and the effect was even worse.

“He inhaled the gas then passed out completely and slumped to one side on a sofa.

“It was incredible to see so-called athletes and role models taking risks with a dangerous substance.

Kolasinac wonders around the party

Kolasinac wonders around the party

“If their fans — and their coach — could have seen what was going on they’d have been horrified.

“It got more raucous as the drink flowed. Several left with girls in black Mercedes people carriers as it wound up at around 4am.”

Arsenal suffered a slow start to the season, losing 2-0 to Manchester City and 3-2 to Chelsea in their opening two games, however they have since embarked on a remarkable 20-match unbeaten run.

It is the latest story relating to high-profile footballers and the use of nitrous oxide.

Man City winger was twice spotted inhaling the gas during his time at Liverpool, while right-back Kyle Walker was forced to apologise in 2013 for the same thing.

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