-Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has his sights set on taking over Arsenal FC of England.
-He vowed to launch a bid once he completes his $11 billion Lagos refinery project.
He also revealed the first thing he will do if he acquires Arsenal football club is to fire head coach, Arsene Wenger.
Dangote made the revelations in an interview with Bloomberg, stating his desire to own the club dates back to the mid-1980s.
“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck,” he said.
Stan Kroenke, American billionaire, is Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, controlling 67 percent of the company, with Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, holding a 30 percent stake.
Dangote says he’s optimistic that the right offer will persuade Kroenke and Usmanov to sell their shares to him.
“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away. Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away. And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that,” said Dangote.
In May, Wenger agreed to a fresh two-year deal to manage the London club despite calls by several fans for him to step down.