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The firing of a manager is a new experience for most Arsenal fans

The Gunners are one of the most stable clubs in the Premier League era

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It was no surprise to find out that Unai Emery had been relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager on Friday morning. The inevitable announcement came after another pitiful performance, this one at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League action. Following this defeat, Emery’s side had gone without a win in seven games. The last time the Gunners had gone this long without a win was back in 1992 - 27 years ago.

Fans of Premier League football are used to seeing managers come and go. It’s almost a sport in itself. If you’re so inclined, London based bookmakers William Hill even take bets on which manager will be the next to get the boot.

As an Arsenal fan since 1999, this is the first time that I’ve experienced the firing of my club’s manager (Arsene Wenger was certainly under pressure but he resigned rather than being shown the door). It was definitely something that needed to happen, but now that it has, I realize how stable Arsenal have been compared to other Premier League clubs.

According to The Sack Race website, the average number of top flight managerial changes per season is eight. Here’s a look at the number of yearly coaching moves made by EPL sides since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 (caretaker managers are not included).

· 1992-1993 – 4

· 1993-1994 - 7

· 1994-1995 - 15

· 1995-1996 - 3

· 1996-1997 - 8

· 1997-1998 - 8

· 1998-1999 - 7

· 1999-2000 - 6

· 2000-2001 - 7

· 2001-2002 - 8

· 2002-2003 - 5

· 2003-2004 - 6

· 2004-2005 - 9

· 2005-2006 - 9

· 2006-2007 - 9

· 2007-2008 - 11

· 2008-2009 - 12

· 2009-2010 - 8

· 2010-2011 - 9

· 2011-2012 - 10

· 2012-2013 - 9

· 2013-2014 - 13

· 2014-2015 - 7

· 2015-2016 - 8

· 2016-2017 - 11

· 2017-2018 - 13

· 2018-2019 - 10

· 2019-2020 – 3 (so far)

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As far as Arsenal are concerned, the club have had just four head coaches in this period. George Graham was at the helm from 1986-1995. Bruce Rioch then managed the team between June 1995 and August 1996. Pat Rice served as interim manager until the arrival of Wenger in October 1996. Emery was the first new manager at Arsenal in 22 years.

To get an idea of how stable Arsenal have been in terms of head coaches, take a look at the total number of managers each current Premier League club has had since 1992 (not including caretaker or interim managers):

  • Aston Villa 14 managerial changes
  • Bournemouth 12 managerial changes, 11 different managers (Eddie Howe’s is in his second stint.)
  • Brighton 17 managerial changes
  • Burnley 9 managerial changes
  • Chelsea 19 managerial changes (Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho twice)
  • Crystal Palace 24 managerial changes (Steve Coppell four times, Alan Smith and Neil Warnock two times each)
  • Everton 10 Managerial Changes (Howard Kendall two times)
  • Leicester 19 managerial changes (Nigel Pearson two times)
  • Liverpool 8 managerial changes
  • Manchester City 13 managerial changes
  • Manchester United 5 managerial changes (four since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2012-2013 season)
  • Newcastle 15 managerial changes (Kevin Keegan twice)
  • Norwich 15 managerial changes (Mike Walker twice)
  • Sheffield United 15 managerial changes
  • Southampton 23 managerial changes
  • Tottenham 15 managerial changes
  • Watford 19 managerial changes
  • West Ham 11 managerial changes
  • Wolves 14 managerial changes
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Freddie Ljungberg has taken over as interim manager, and the guessing game has begun as to who will step into the role full time. The hope is that Arsenal will find the right person and the club’s record of stability and success will return.