Arteta is not going to very happy with Lacazette’s lockdown antics

Oh Alexandre Lacazette, why oh why!

The Frenchman has been caught out once again by the media, with a video of Arsenal’s Lacazette taking Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas) during the lockdown, when he is supposed to be keeping his fitness up to get ready for the expected restart of the Premier League next month.

The “Hippy Crack” was also used by (some of) the Arsenal squad a year last August, just before the start of the new Premier League season. It obviously didn’t help much as the Gunners lost their first two League games when it did start.

Lacazette was one of the four Arsenal players exposed that time, and Mikel Arteta is sure to be unimpressed with his French striker, especially as he was warned about the dangers to professional athletes of taking it as a recreational drug.

The Daily Star (who are in possession of the latest video, have listed the effects of taking nitrous oxide, which 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.

I would imagine that the worry for Arteta is that if Lacazette was warned about using this drug 18 months ago, and he is still using it AT HIS HOME now, then it could be possible that he has been a regular user for a very long time, which could have long-term consequences for his health and fitness…


  1. Robert Acedius says:

    Kick off!

  2. SueP says:

    Admin Pat
    Your last paragraph sums it up perfectly.
    IF he has been a user then it might account for his less than spectacular season.
    Being professional footballers is about looking after their bodies and in role model terms it makes Lacazette look a total chump. Arteta who looks as fit as a flea will no doubt be hopping mad

    1. Declan says:

      A flea hopping mad, I like what you did there.

  3. ken1945 says:

    This must be what the Ozil knockers must be taking “difficulties in thinking straight” and “hallucinations” – “dozyiness” oops sorry “dizziness” same thing in this case….on the other hand, of course, it could be the Ozil backers who are taking the stuff!!!! Each to their own!!!!

    I guess another “friend” thought he would make a quick buck and to hell with the consequences for Lacs.
    Not condoning it, but it just stinks to me.

    This is when players let their manager/coach down so badly and I can’t see Arteta being so reasonable this time round.

    1. SueP says:

      Apparently Lacazette sent the photo to his friends- which shows a shocking lack of judgement on his part. As you so rightly point out, his friend/friends who let him down are scum.
      If Lacazette does have issues, it is something that he and the club need to address quickly for his own wellbeing

    2. jon fox says:

      Nor should Arteta be “reasonable ” KEN! He should and I think WILL be getting this rotten apple out of our club as soon as practicable. A highly paid pro in his late twenties coming off a poor seasonand with several incidents on his “crimesheet” now and stupid enough to publicise it, is not the type of person I want at Arsenal MANY WILL THINK LIKEWISE AND THAT , I BELIEVE ,INCLUDES ARTETA.

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