Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man (worth $10.1billion) has revealed his plans to buy Arsenal in 2021, when he has finished construction of one of the worlds largest oil refineries in Nigeria. The refinery is set to turnover billions of dollars in profits.
Dangote, billionaire Gunners fan determined to oust absentee owner Stan Kroenke.
“I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.
“I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.’
Arsenal have been left languishing in 10th in the Premier League after a torrid end to the reign of former manager Unai Emery’s, but there have been signs of life after the appointment of Mikel Arteta.
Scrutiny on the Arsenal owners and board was ratcheted up during the miserable winless run that eventually saw Emery sacked.
Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh, is a director on the Arsenal board, and told fans to ‘be excited’ in the summer after the Gunners signed Nicolas Pepe for a club record fee, as well as Kieran Tierney and David Luiz.
There wasn’t much excitement about by December though, and banners calling for the Kroenkes to leave were on show once again.
The pressure will be somewhat relieved if Arteta delivers on the early positives showed in the 2-0 win over Manchester United, but Arsenal fans will still be hoping Dangote follows through on the promise he made in 2018, saying: ‘Even if somebody buys, we will still go after it.’