Last updated 1 month ago | By Mirror
Alexandre Lacazette is facing major doubts over his Arsenal future.
It comes after Arsenal confirmed they are ready to take “serious” disciplinary action after Lacazette was pictured inhaling “hippy crack.”
Lacazette, 28, who is on £180,000-a-week, could face a maximum two weeks’ fine as a result after pictures emerged of him inhaling from a balloon at his home last week.
An Arsenal statement said: “This is a private matter which we are taking seriously. It will be handled internally.”
Club officials are disappointed with his behaviour and its is being viewed in a dim light and raises question marks about his future at the club.
Lacazette has two years left on his contract, wants to play in the Champions League and has struggled for form this season.
This latest controversy will only heighten doubts about whether he will stay or the club face a decision because they would be reluctant to let him go onto the final two years and let him run down his deal.
France striker Lacazette is supposed to be a senior player, setting a good example and it does not set a good example in lockdown.
A story emerged on Sunday with the pictures and Lacazette was also reported to have boasted in a series of texts saying he was “at home, chilling and doing balloons.”
It is not the first time that Lacazette has been caught up in a controversy as the club previously warned Lacazette and several Arsenal team mates about the use of nitrous oxide.
Footage emerged in 2018 of Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac at a champagne and vodka party in a London nightclub.
Some of the players appeared to pass out after inhaling “hippy crack” at a nightclub, and just days before the start of the new Premier League season and they were reminded of their “responsibilities."
Nitrous oxide gas is used as a painkiller for dental patients, but it can lead to oxygen deprivation, and has been linked to at least 17 deaths.
It is not illegal to possess or use the gas, but its sale is banned in England and Wales to under-18s if there is a risk of inhalation.