Arsenal’s player future now hanging in the balance after pictures emerges

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Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette faces an uncertain future at the club after footage obtained by the Daily Star showed him taking ‘hippy crack’.

The Daily Express report Mikel Arteta will speak to the player about the incident, with his future now hanging in the balance.

A statement from the club today said: “This is a private matter which we are taking seriously. It will be handled internally.”

Arsenal have previously warned the France international and several team-mates over the use of nitrous oxide.

In August 2018, a group of players including Lacazette were videoed passing out after inhaling the gas, dubbed “hippy crack”, from balloons at a wild champagne and vodka party.

The footage showed the striker and team-mates Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the heart of the bash.

Lacazette is likely to be fined two week’s wages, which equates to around £360,000.

Arteta has attempted to instil a culture of professionalism at Arsenal since taking over in December.

“I want people taking responsibility for the job,” the Arsenal manager warned before lockdown.

“Anybody that doesn’t buy into this is not good enough for this environment or culture.

“The players have to accept a different process, a different way of thinking. If we don’t have the right culture the tree is going to shake.”

Nitrous oxide gas is given to dental patients as a painkiller, but abused by revellers craving the euphoria it induces when inhaled.

It can lead to oxygen deprivation, and has been linked to at least 17 deaths. It is not illegal to possess the gas, but its sale is banned in England and Wales to under-18s if there is a risk they will inhale it.

The effects of nitrous oxide vary on how much has been inhaled.

These include:

• Feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness.

• Dizziness, difficulty in thinking straight and laughter.

• Sound distortions or even hallucinations.

• In some people, a headache can be an immediate effect.

The risks include:

• Unconsciousness or death from lack of oxygen. This occurs when the available oxygen for breathing is effectively pushed out by the nitrous oxide.

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