Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has vowed to sack Arsene Wenger if his long-promised takeover of Arsenal is ever successful.
The billionaire, who is valued at £10billion by Forbes earlier this year, has publicly expressed his desire to take over at the Emirates for several years and saw an initial bid to join Arsenal’s hierarchy collapse in 2010.
In an interview with Bloomberg, 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,” he said.
Arsenal’s biggest shareholder is American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who controls almost 67 percent of the company.
Earlier this year, Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who already holds a 30 percent stake, sought to buy out Kroenke in an offer that valued Arsenal at as much as 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion).
However, Dangote, doubts he’d have trouble persuading Kroenke and Usmanov to sell.
“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away,” he said. “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.”
“It’s a great team, well-run. It could be run better, so I will be there,” he said. “I will wait. Even if things change I will take it.”