FUNDS Magazine:-Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has ambitions to acquire English Premier League (EPL) football club Arsenal before the turn of the decade.
An avid Arsenal fan since the mid-80s, Dangote has long had his sights set on owning the club and reportedly plans to make a bid for it as soon as construction of a new $11 billion (P146,5billion) oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria, is completed.
Should he be successful in his bid, Dangote says the axing of long-serving head coach Arsene Wenger would be top of his agenda.
“The first thing I would change is the coach. He has done a good job, but someone else should try his luck,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Wenger holds the record for being the longest-serving football coach in Europe, having been at the helm of Arsenal since 1996.
During his 21-year tenure, Wenger has clinched an impressive three EPL titles and seven FA Cup trophies, but he faced harsh criticism from fans last season after his team failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League – Arsenal’s first failure to qualify in two decades.