Arsenal stars including Lacazette and Aubameyang inhale hippy crack

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Shocking footage has emerged of Arsenal footballers passing out after inhaling ‘hippy crack’ at a champagne and vodka party in a London nightclub.

Stars Mesut Özil, 30, Alexandre Lacazette, 27, Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang, 29, Matteo Guendouzi, 19, and Sead Kolasinac, 25, can all be seen in security camera footage of the binge obtained by The Sun.

Özil and Guendouzi appear to faint with balloons in their mouths, before slumping onto the plush sofas at the exclusive Tape club in Mayfair.

Mesut Özil appears to be sucking on a balloon at the 'hippy crack' session in August  

Mesut Özil appears to be sucking on a balloon at the ‘hippy crack’ session in August  

Others seem to be encouraging the French midfielder to inhale the gas. They then laugh as he slumps to one side.

Özil appears to offer a balloon to midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 29, who declines to take it.

German defender Shkodran Mustafi, 26, was also seen in the footage but did not have any nitrous oxide, which can cause suffocation and death.

The wild party – to which 70 women were invited – took place just before the start of the season in August. The footballers are said to have racked up a bill of up to £30,000.

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, appears to faint after sucking on one of the balloons at the club in Mayfair. This is a grab from footage of the incident in August 

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, appears to faint after sucking on one of the balloons at the club in Mayfair. This is a grab from footage of the incident in August 

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, (left) Alexandre Lacazette, 27, (middle) and Sead Kolasinac, 25 (right) were all seen at the heart of the gathering. They are all pictured playing Tottenham at the Emirates on December 2 

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, (left) Alexandre Lacazette, 27, (middle) and Sead Kolasinac, 25 (right) were all seen at the heart of the gathering. They are all pictured playing Tottenham at the Emirates on December 2 

Although possession of laughing gas is not illegal, English law prohibits its sale to under-18s if there is a chance they will inhale it.

Users risk falling unconscious or even dying from lack of oxygen.

This happens when the available oxygen for breathing is effectively pushed out by the nitrous oxide.

Other footballers who have been caught inhaling the substance in previous years include Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Kyle Walker.

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Mesut Özil, 30

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29

Mesut Özil, 30, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, were also seen on the CCTV footage from the London nightspot. They are pictured at the Emirates against Tottenham on December 2

What is Nitrous Oxide and is it illegal?

Nitrous Oxide, has been nicknamed ‘laughing gas’ due to the euphoric and relaxed feeling people who inhale it can sometimes feel.

The substance – also known as ‘hippy crack’ – is normally bought in pressured canisters, commonly transferred to a container, e.g. a balloon, from which the gas is inhaled.

Although possession of laughing gas is not illegal, English law prohibits its sale to under-18s if there is a chance they will inhale it. 

Nitrous Oxide canisters and cigarette butts litter a roadside in Camden Town on February 11

Nitrous Oxide canisters and cigarette butts litter a roadside in Camden Town on February 11

The effects of nitrous oxide vary depending on how much has been inhaled but they include:

• Feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness.

• Dizziness, difficulty in thinking straight and fits of giggles/laughter.

• Sound distortions or even hallucinations.

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

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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