Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote says the first move he will make if he succeeds in buying Arsenal is to fire Coach Arsene Wenger.
The Nigerian billionaire said in an interview with Bloomberg that he has coveted the English Premier League club since he became a supporter in 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,” Dangote said.
Europe’s longest-serving manager Wenger has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup trophies for the club since he became Arsenal manager in 1996.
The Gunners have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
American billionaire Stan Kroenke, Arsenal’s biggest shareholder, controls almost 67 percent of the company while Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov holds a 30 percent stake.
Earlier in 2017, Usmanov sought to buy out Kroenke in an offer that valued Arsenal at £2 billion ($2.6 billion).
Dangote, however, reiterated his determination to buy the North London club when he completes the construction of the $11 billion oil refinery in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.
He noted that Kroneke and Usmanov can be persuaded if they get someone to offer them a “walk away” price for the club.
“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. It’s a great team, well-run. It could be run better, so I will be there,” he said.