Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has promised to replace current and unpopular Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke in 2021.
The Nigerian businessman and Africa’s biggest cement producer is worth more than £8.5billion.
Apart from cement production, Dangote has made his fortune through publicly traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies.
The 62-year-old billionaire had promised to take over Arsenal in 2020 but with the construction of his oil refinery in Lagos Nigeria, termed one of the world’s largest refineries, the bid has been postponed to 2021.
‘It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on,’ Dangote told the David Rubenstein Show.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, current Gunners owner Stan Kroenke has become increasingly unpopular among fans due to his constant absence and Arsenal’s disappointing performances this season especially under Unai Emery when he was head coach.
According to DailyMail, 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 Nicholas Pepe for a club record fee, as well as Kieran Tierney and David Luiz.
But there wasn’t much excitement in December as fans raised banners, calling for Kroenke to leave.
With Mikel Arteta’s appointment as head coach, the Gunners have shown signs of life after winning Manchester United 2-0 on New Year’s Day.
Yet fans are still looking forward to Dangote fulfilling his promise of becoming the new owner of Arsenal.