08 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
PIERS MORGAN has revealed he was “disappointed” by senior Arsenal players following their hippy crack shame.
The controversial Gunners fan, 53, appeared on Robbie Savage’s BT Sports programme this morning to air his views.
Piers Morgan was left “disappointed” by senior Arsenal players after the “hippy crack” balloon incident
Players were caught inhaling “hippy crack” at a private event in August
As exclusively revealed by The Sun, Arsenal players including Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were caught inhaling laughing gas from balloons at a private party in August, leading some to pass out.
Martin Keown suggested boss Unai Emery may come down hardest on Matteo Guendouzi but Morgan did not think the youngster was to blame.
Morgan said: “The fact it happened, they should not be doing that. They should not be encouraging Guendouzi.
“They weren’t breaking the law and doing what young people do.
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Morgan singled out Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for particular criticism
He suggested it was wrong to single out Matteo Guendouzi though as the youngster was also involved
“Put the balloons away and try and get the Ballon d’Or, they’re not going to do that sucking on nitrous oxide balloons.”
After touching upon Keown’s comments, the Good Morning Britain co-host added: “I’m disappointing by senior players. I’m disappointed by Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang.
“It’s not a good look but since then they have gone 20 games unbeaten and close to breaking all-time record.”
Arsenal welcome Huddersfield to the Emirates this afternoon and all eyes will be on the line-ups to see if Ozil returns after missing the last four matches.
Guendouzi appeared to pass out on a sofa after inhaling the nitrous oxide
Morgan reckons his team should be focusing on winning the Ballon d’Or rather than inhaling from balloons
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Morgan has defended the German over many years for his undoubted technical ability but admitted he would rather have Raheem Sterling over Ozil at the moment.
He said: “I hate to admit this but right now I would take Sterling over Ozil any day. That’s more to do with Sterling’s commitment and remarkable improvement under Pep Guardiola.
“Sterling is a great player – the difference between them is he turns up every game. I still think on his day Ozil is a world-class footballer and the most-naturally gifted player we have.
“However, he too often disappears and I’ve never heard anyone have as many sick days as Mesut Ozil. There’s something wrong with his heart – not physically, not medically – there is something wrong with him that doesn’t get him going enough to be consistent.
Not smart, gentlemen. 👎Put the balloons away & aim for the Ballon d’Or instead. pic.twitter.com/nyD8zEr8Id
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 7, 2018
World class player 🙌Too many sick days 🤒Not enough heart 😕
"I would take Raheem Sterling over him any day!"
Three years on, @piersmorgan finally admits that he'd prefer Sterling over Mesut Özil…#SaturdaySav pic.twitter.com/XNSX0bOuCv
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 8, 2018
“If Ozil wants to play for this Arsenal team he has to turn up every game.
“Look at the old Invincibles team – you saw guys who never stopped, every game. The passion, the drive and commitment was there. I see that with Raheem Sterling but I don’t see it with Mesut Ozil.
“He won’t get a more driven manager than Unai Emery. If you can’t rise to the level that Emery wants to every game then go and play somewhere else, I don’t care how good you are.
“We need every player on the pitch to be utterly committed, we need to be back in the top four and the Champions League.”
Raheem Sterling is delivering week-in, week-out for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola
The same cannot be said for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil who has missed the last four matches