Arsenal Nigerian billionaire states reason why he wants to buy club

After being criticised for not investing in a Nigerian football club, Aliko Dangote says buying Arsenal will help raise the profile of Nigeria

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Nigerian billionaire business man Aliko Dangote has stated the reason why he wants to buy English Premier League club, Arsenal.

The 58-old business man has declared his interest in buying the current FA Cup champions and in a recent interview with Forbes revealed why he wants to own the club.

Since the news of his interest n Arsenal broke, the business man has been criticised for being interesting in investing in Arsenal and not a Nigerian football club.

Dangote however says he wants to put Nigeria flag on the world map and buying Arsenal will be a huge platform for him to achieve that.

"The issue is that if I buy all the Nigerian clubs, the Nigerian flags will continue to remain here," Dangote told Forbes.

"Buying Arsenal will take the Nigerian flag worldwide. Just like whenever (Chelsea owner) Roman Abramovich is mentioned, the name of his country comes up. Everyone knows he's Russian."

Dangote who is worth £11.5bn has earlier revealed that he has made moves in the past to purchase 15.9% stake in 2011 which was later sold to the majority shareholder of the club, Stan Kroenke.

 

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