By Kieran Maguire

1st Mar, 2021 | 10:23am

Maguire shares major Arsenal takeover claim amid Dangote talks update

Arsenal could see their profile in Africa skyrocket if Aliko Dangote can pull off a takeover deal. 

That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Football.London reported that the Nigerian billionaire could soon open talks with Stan Kroenke over a deal to buy the club.

Kroenke has been involved with Arsenal since 2007 and took outright control of the club in a £550million deal in August 2018.

There is growing unrest among Gunners fans who believe the American tycoon has not shown enough ambition during his time at the helm.

Maguire explains that Dangote has the means to invest significantly in Arsenal and could catapult Arsenal to superstardom in Nigeria.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Nigerian is a rich country because it has incredible natural resources. Dangote has been very successful and has the capacity to bring money to Arsenal if he so desires.

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“What he could do is increase Arsenal’s presence in a country like Nigeria because many Nigerian people would see it as their club if Dangote took over.

“As such, it could potentially attract more sponsorship, better broadcast deals. Nigerian tourists coming to London, they would want to go to Arsenal in the same way that South Korean tourists like to go to Spurs because of the Son connection.

“So the club could benefit from that in a way that they haven’t benefited under Stan Kroenke.”

Dangote is worth over £12billion according to Forbes, making him Africa’s richest man.

The 63-year-old made his money in the food processing industry before diversifying his investments in his later career.

In other news, a former Arsenal player says he is excited by two right-backs the club is reportedly eyeing up.