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Try not to panic, but there appears to be a malevolent phenomenon that is spreading through the football world. No, not VAR -- something far, far more troubling.

We're talking about the "Drake Curse," which has long hindered various U.S. sports teams and now would appear to have made the jump to European soccer.

For the uninitiated: whenever rapper Drake demonstrates any kind of support for a team -- be it by wearing their jersey, meeting their stars or attending their games -- said team immediately tends to see its fortunes nosedive.

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With Drake appearing in concerts across Europe this spring, clubs in the continent's major leagues have had prolonged exposure to the hoodoo.

Indeed, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strayed too close to the hip-hop star a fortnight ago and, lo and behold, Arsenal slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Everton just a couple of days later.