The Nigerian business mogul, Aliko Dangote has said he will end Arsene Wenger’s contract as the club of Arsenal when he buys the club.
In an interview with Bloomberg , Dangote expressed that he has always remained interested in owning Arsenal since mid-1980s.
Dangote said he’d consider making an offer once the construction of his $11 billion oil refinery in Lagos is completed.
“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck,”
Stan Kroenke, American billionaire, is Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, controlling 67 percent of the company.
Earlier in the year, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who holds a 30 percent stake, sought to buy out Kroenke in an offer that valued Arsenal at an estimated $2.6billion.
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.