Everything billionaire Aliko Dangote has said about a potential £2billion Arsenal takeover

Arsenal’s current owner Stan Kroenke has proved unpopular with many fans since taking over at the Emirates Stadium.

This is mainly down to a lack of investment in the first-team squad coupled with poor returns on the pitch in comparison to many of the Premier League rivals in recent years.

However, there could be some light at the end of the tunnel as talks over a potential takeover at Arsenal could start up in the not too distant future.

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote launching a bid to takeover the Gunners appears to be edging ever closer amid The Africa Report stating his oil refinery is set to be operational in “early 2021”, meaning he can soon start talks with Kroenke in regards to taking control in north London.

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Interestingly, Dangote – the 206th richest man in the world according to the Forbes Rich List – has previously spoken about becoming Arsenal’s owner on multiple occasions.

In June2015 , Dangote admitted he was interested in buying Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith’s 15.9 per cent stake in 2011, which were eventually purchased by Kroenke

“There were a couple of us who were rushing to buy, and we thought with the prices then, the people who were interested in selling were trying to go for a kill.

“We backtracked, because we were very busy doing other things, especially our industrialisation. When we get this refinery on track, I will have enough time and enough resources to pay what they are asking for.”

In September 2016, he stated that a takeover would be a question of timing rather than money.

“It’s not about buying Arsenal and just continuing with business as usual,” Dangote said.

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