Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint bender

ARSENAL hero Perry Groves has come to the defence of the club's current players after footage showed certain members of the squad inhaling nitrous oxide from balloons.

SunSport exclusively revealed the clip, which took place before the start of the new season, but the ex-Gunners ace has said he isn't concerned by the incident.

Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderThe Sun6 Footage shows some of the Arsenal squad inhaling nitrous oxide from balloons in August
Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderGetty – Contributor6 Gunners legend Perry Groves has played down the incident as he defends the squad
Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderGetty – Contributor6 Arsenal have impressed under Unai Emery, and are currently on a 20-game unbeaten run

Groves has suggested he would much rather the players partake in 'laughing gas' than go on 15-pint benders – which he used to go on during his six-year spell at Highbury.

The 53-year-old was a member of the 'Tuesday Club' in the 1990s where the players used to bond and drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

Other members, such as Paul Merson, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams and Steve Bould used to regularly attend the gatherings, with boss George Graham turning a blind eye to their antics.

Following the footage which showed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette involved, the players will be given a stern warning to by club bosses over their conduct.

Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderThe Sun6 Current top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can be seen sucking on a gas-filled balloon
Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderThe Sun6 Matteo Guendouzi, 19, slumps to one side on a sofa surrounded by laughing team-mates
Ex-Gunner Perry Groves defends Arsenal stars over ‘hippy crack’ scandal as it’s better than a 15-pint benderThe Sun6 Arsenal players have been warned about their conduct by club bosses

Speaking to talkSPORT, Groves said of the incident: "I’d rather they take a little bit of gas out of a balloon than having 15 pint benders like we used to.

"Also, this is isn’t in public, this is a private room they’ve hired, so their privacy has been breached if someone from that establishment sold the CCTV footage.

“The thing that amazes me is that apparently Ozil was involved. You can understand it some of the youngster players were involved, but the older ones?

“But, then again, when we were 29 and 30 we were with the youngster players and our ‘Tuesday Club’ galvanised team spirit – there was no hierarchy, there were no cliques.

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"It wasn’t the older players going out and the young players going out separately, we tried to bring them into the fold.

“It’s no surprise it’s come out now because Arsenal has gone 20 games unbeaten and everything is going great.

“But it doesn’t outrage me at all to be fair. To me it seems like it’s quite innocent.”

Arsenal will be looking to put the scandal behind them as they look to get back to winning ways against Huddersfield tomorrow.

The North London side dropped out of the top four on Wednesday after being held to a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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