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Arsenal owner dismisses Dangote bid

Published by The Nation on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

By Olalekan Okusan with Agency reportsThere are strong indications that Africas richest man Aliko Dangotes ambition of ousting Stan Kroenke and take over at Arsenal in 2021 may not see the light of the day as the American billionaire is not ready to let go the Emirates club.English tabloid Sportsmail declared that takeover unrealistic considering Kroenkes stance on the matter, and there are no signs whatsoever that he is willing to relinquish his power.Kroenkes son Josh, who is director at the club and continues to take on more responsibility in the absence of his father, called for unity at Arsenal before claiming they are desperate to see the glory days return to North London.For me, on a personal level, Im not sure how to address my passion. Anyone that knows me knows how passionate I am about Arsenal Football Club, Josh said. Is it hard to take' Absolutely.But Im not in this business to make friends, Im in it to win. If anyone is ever going to question anything about our ownershipwhich I view as a custodianship, the supporters trust us to be a custodian of the valuesthats what were trying to do. Were trying to win whilst also respecting the values and traditions of the club.Back in August 2018, Kroenkewho has a net worth of 9.7bn, which is 1.2bn more than Dangotes 8.5billiontook complete control of Arsenal by paying 550million for Alisher Usmanovs stake in the club.READ ALSO:Dangote renews bid to buy ArsenalThroughout his time in North London, Kroenkewho has other ventures that include LA Rams, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rapidshas come in for heavy criticism for his passive ownership.Just last summer Arsenal fansunder the #WeCareDoYou sloganfaulted Kroenke and his directions for the club after they missed out on UEFA Champions League football for a third season running.But Josh is enthusiastic over new rapprochement with the Gunner fans: Ive sat down with supporters groups. Ive not been afraid to sit down to have tough conversations with people because Im transparent, were transparent, and we dont have anything to hide.We all want the same thing and were all trying aggressively to make it happen.Its just sometimes our timeline might not be as aggressive as others would like to see. But were not going to compromise the values that have kept Arsenal Football Club the way it is for over 130 years.A
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