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Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal fans are blaming Bellerin and Sanchez injuries on one thing [Tweet]

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Although they weren't able to get three points against bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday, Arsenal headed into the November international break in good spirits.

Unbeaten in the league since their opening day defeat against Liverpool, the Gunners currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League, just two points off Jurgen Klopp's men at the summit. Plus, they've also qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the 17th straight season.

But, things have started to turn sour since their stars left for international duty, with both Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez having picked up respective knocks.

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And, with the severity of both injuries unclear at this stage, Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to blame the one thing they're 'certain' is behind the bad luck.

So what could be the cause of the Arsenal duo's ailments? Overworked over the first few months of the season? Different training methods with their national sides? Simple bad luck?

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Not according to some Gooners - hopefully with their tongue firmly in their cheek - who are starting to believe that the 'November curse' that has been talked up in recent seasons is back with a bang at the Emirates in 2016.

Whilst for most onlookers, the idea that a month of the year could wreak havoc with your favourite football team may sound like one conspiracy theory too far, you can't really blame the Arsenal faithful.

It seems like about this time every year, Wenger and co. manage to hit the self-destruct button for a few weeks - often leaving them with too much to do when it comes to fighting for titles and trophies.

History repeating

And there are facts to back it up too. According to the Sun, Arsenal's 47 percent win rate in November since Wenger took over is by far the club's worst in any month of the year.

Things had started well this month, with an important Champions League victory followed by a useful point against Spurs.

Injuries to Bellerin and Sanchez, though, would certainly qualify as part of the November curse and could impact the team's chances of improving that sub .500 win percentage.

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It is unclear just how serious either injury is at this stage, but it does look like Sanchez could play for Chile this weekend despite a quad injury in training this week.Bellerin, meanwhile, is headed for tests on an ankle injury tomorrow with the hope that it isn't anything too severe.

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