Dangote vows to sack Wenger if he buys Arsenal FC
Africa;s richest being, Aliko Dangote, says he would relieve Arsenal club manager, Arsene Wenger of his job, should he buys the Football Club.
Dangote spoke in an interview with Bloomberg, of his desire to own the club dates back to the mid-1980s.
Dangote said he’ll consider making an offer once the construction of his $11 billion oil refinery in Lagos is completed.
Stan Kroenke, American billionaire, is Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, controlling 67 percent of the football club.
Earlier in the year, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who holds a 30 percent stake, sought to buy out Kroenke’s stake in an offer that valued Arsenal at an estimated $2.6 billion.
Dangote said 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,” Dangote said.
Wenger, the longest and most successful Arsenal Manager having spent 21 years, since his appointment to the north London club in 1996, has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies.
In May, He signed and agreed a 2-year deal with the Club which keeps him in Emirate Stadium till 2019 despite calls by fans for him to step down.