‘It’s young kids acting silly – it’s a non-story’, Simon Jordan tells talkSPORT

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A number of Gunners players were pictured apparently inhaling nitrous oxide in a London club in August, but former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan says all they deserve is a slap on the wrist

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host Simon Jordan has dismissed the ‘hippy crack’ storm surrounding the Arsenal team as ‘young kids being silly’.

The Sun published a story on Friday showing a number of first-team Gunners stars, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi, apparently inhaling the legal high nitrous oxide in a London club.

It is claimed the images date back to August, before the start of the new Premier League season.

The exposé – which comes with Arsenal on a 20-game unbeaten run – is sure to spark outrage and will no doubt prompt reminders over their responsibility as professional footballers and role models to children.


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But former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan has told talkSPORT that, if they were his players, he would do no more than give them a slap on the wrist.

“I bet the newspapers have been dying to drop this story, but they haven’t had the opportunity because Arsenal keeping winning,” he said on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“It’s something and nothing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi were two of the players pictured at a party in London

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Matteo Guendouzi were two of the players pictured at a party in London

“It’s young kids behaving silly off season. It’s not affecting their performance.

“These are kids, I know they’re in their mid-20s but they’re still young men acting out a little bit.

“As a former owner what would I have said to them? Probably, ‘what’s the matter with you? It’s stupid and unnecessary, you’ve got better things to do with your time’.

“But as far as impacting their performance, I’d look at the fact they’ve gone on a 20-game unbeaten run…

“The whole story is something and nothing, really.”

Arsenal have already explained they will be reminding players of their responsibilities.

“The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club,” a spokesperson said.

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