London - Arsenal
said on Friday they will "remind players of their responsibilities" after a
video emerged that appears to show a number of stars inhaling nitrous
Players including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre
Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to
come from CCTV footage and was published by the Sun newspaper on Friday.
In a statement Arsenal said: "The players will be spoken to about
this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or "hippy crack", is freely
available although it is technically illegal to sell it for
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."
Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are currently fifth in the
Premier League table and are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches in all