Decision maker: Wenger defended his surprise substitution of leading scorer Giroud

By Abigail Withey

Africa’s richest man wants to buy Arsenal and has said that his first port of call will be to fire manager Arsene Wenger.

Nigerian business man Aliko Dangote is a huge Gunners fan and is hoping to buy the London club once his multi-billion oil refinery is completed within the next few years.

Bloomberg states that the businessman has a net-worth of over £8.6 billion ($11.1 billion) making him the richest man in Africa.

Like many other Arsenal fans, the Nigerian billionaire is not a fan of Wenger and wants to see him step away from the club.

Dangote has said during a recent interview that if he was successful in buying the north London club, then his first order of business would be to fire the long-reigning manager.

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He said: “The first thing I would change is the coach.”

“He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck,” the businessman told Bloomberg.

Wenger extended his contract with the club back in May which sees him remain at the helm of the club for a further two years.

The French boss has been under continued scrutiny from fans after the club had a disappointing run in the Premier League which saw them finish fifth and lose out on the Champions League for the first time in the 67-year-old’s reign.

Currently, the Gunners’ biggest shareholder is Stan Kroenke, but the 60-year-old African businessman believes that he will be able to persuade him to sell up.

“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away,” he explained to Bloomberg. “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.”

Dangote said that he is prepared to wait to take over at the Emirates.

“It’s a great team, well-run. It could be run better, so I will be there,

“I will wait. Even if things change I will take it.”

In other Arsenal news, the club are on the verge of selling another experienced defender as Wenger fire sale continues.

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