Arsenal to speak to players involved in 'hippy crack' controversy

Arsenal players filmed inhaling laughing gas

Arsenal players filmed inhaling laughing gas

Footage of Arsenal players inhaling nitrous oxide, more commonly known as "balloons" or "happy crack", emerged last night.

Stars including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from nightclub CCTV footage and was published by The Sun.

The club has now responded to the shocking footage, with a spokesperson telling the BBC that the players would be "spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities".

Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan and German defender Shkodran Mustafi were also present, but they were not seen inhaling from balloons.

Several players even appeared to lose consciousness after inhaling the gas.

Arsenal to 'remind players of their responsibilities' after 'hippy crack' video emerges

The incident is reported to have taken place in August, before the start of Arsenal's season.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, slows down the brain's functions, which can lead to feelings of euphoria, but large doses of the gas has also been known to starve the brain of oxygen, which can have serious and potentially deadly consequences.

Nitrous oxide is legal to possess, but it is illegal to sell it or give away.

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Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are now fifth in the Premier League table and are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches in all competitions.

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