Arsene Wenger will be sacked as Arsenal manager should Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote succeed in buying the Premier League club.
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal’s first-team affairs since 1996, leading the Gunners to seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, and a Champions League final.
Without a title-winning campaign since 2003-04, though, pressure has grown on the Frenchman to leave his position.
Wenger signed a two-year contract extension at the club at the end of the 2016-17 season, despite finishing fifth in the Premier League table. Should Dangote take over, he will end Wenger’s reign at the club.
“The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangote who has already outlined his early plans for Arsenal and its backroom structure, told Bloomberg.
“He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”
The 60-year-old, estimated to be Africa’s richest man with a wealth of around £11 billion, has long sought after ownership of the north London club and insists he will be ready to table an official bid once the construction of an $11bn oil refinery in Lagos is completed.
Arsenal have been the focus of a number of takeover bids, with Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who already holds a 30 per cent stake in the club, attempting to buy out majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke.
The American businessman owns around 67% of the Gunners, and turned down a deal which valued the club at around £2bn.
Dangote believes that the Arsenal bigwigs could be convinced to walk away though, and has promised that he will one day be in charge at the Emirates. (LEADERSHIP)