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

Arsenal players celebrate a goal during their Uefa Europa League Group E match against Vorskla FC at the Olympiyski Stadium in Kiev

The club got off to a slow start to the season, losing to both Manchester City and Chelsea in August, but have since gone on a 20-game unbeaten run which included a 4-2 victory over North London rivals Tottenham.

Ozil is seen falling semi-conscious as he inhales from the balloon, while the same can be said for Lacazette, who is videoed putting his head back on the sofa.

And words have come out from the Emirates on the matter, releasing a brief statement that they will be speak to the players involved.

An Arsenal spokesperson told the BBC players would be "spoken to and reminded of their responsibilities".

Gunners stars Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 29, and Shkodran Mustafi, 26, are also apparently in the footage but are not seen with the balloons.

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The Sun reported that boxes of "laughing gas" canisters were brought to the players' area of the club and that footage showed Özil, Aubameyang, Guendouzi and Lacazette inhaling the gas.

"If their fans - and their coach - could have seen what was going on they'd have been horrified".

The footage is the latest in a series of incidents of top players being linked with nitrous oxide, with Raheem Sterling being warned by Liverpool after footage emerged of him using the substance in 2015.

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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