Alex Lacazette looks set to earn himself a ticking off from Mikel Arteta after a video of him inhaling nitrous oxide from a balloon was leaked to the press.
The Daily Star published snapshots of the footage, seemingly filmed by the Frenchman himself, which they claim he shared with pals alongside the message “at home, chilling and doing balloons”.
Classified as a legal high, there’s no penalty for possessing nitrous oxide (a.k.a laughing gas), however, filming yourself doing it – especially as you’ve already been ticked off by the club before – is pretty stupid.
A club spokesman said: “This is a private matter which we are taking seriously. It will be handled internally.”
Arsenal had to warn Lacazette, Ozil, Aubameyang and Guendouzi about their conduct 18 months ago when night club security camera footage showing them doing balloons was leaked to The Sun.
Ever the voice of reason, ex-Gunner Graham Dougall wrote in his Arseblog column that we should be thankful the players weren’t doing crack because “they’d be toothless and wanking off tramps under a bridge for their next fix.” He had a point.
All going to plan, Lacazette will be back in training with his teammates tomorrow for the first time since March.
Final ratification of Covid-19 training protocols is due to take place this afternoon as the Premier League takes a big step towards a return in June.