Ace comedian and actor , Atunyota Akpobome , popularly known as Ali Baba , has advised billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote , against buying Arsenal with their present poor form .
He said this while speaking on PUNCH Online interview programme , Stars Talk Football , where he discussed his love for Arsenal and why he dumped sport for entertainment.
Ali Baba commended moves by Dangote to buy the club it from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
Dangote and Senator Orji Kalu had indicated an interest in buying stakes in the London club .
The celebrity , however , cautioned that the billionaire businessman may not make his money with the present shape of the club .
When asked about moves by Dangote and Senator Orji Kalu ’ s move to buy Arsenal, the comedian said , “ Yes , Dangote can afford to buy Arsenal or any other club after his refinery project . I think it is a commercial move , not to develop our ( local ) sport .
“ I like the idea of Aliko buying the gunners . But if he buys these kindergarten players , he won ’ t make his money . I hope that he buys Arsenal, but the influence of an owner is limited. The coach makes the major decisions that help the club to grow . ”
He, however , said the richest African man could buy Arsenal when the club have “ men ” and are in better shape.
Ali Baba , who earlier narrated his involvement in sports , said he had last renewed his Arsenal ticket two seasons ago.
“ I have not renewed my tickets for two seasons because of the poor showing, ” he added .
Arsenal, which is a delight of many Nigerian football fans , is currently facing a tough time , occupying the 15 th position on the English Premier League table .
November 1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford is Arsenal’ s last in the league as their first full season under Mikel Arteta has spiralled from aiming to reach the Champions League to hoping to avoid the Championship next season .
After winning the FA Cup in August , Arteta earned a promotion from the first – team coach to manager , affording him more control over recruitment .
But many analysts are predicting that the Spaniard could be the next Premier League manager to be sacked , with Arsenal just four points above the relegation zone and facing Chelsea next on Boxing Day.
Kalu , who is the founder of SLOK Holdings and former Abia State Governor , had in November 2020 , publicly declared his intention to purchase a 35 per cent stake in Arsenal Football Club via a statement on his official Facebook page .
“ As a pillar of sports in Africa , I am considering an investment in football , and I will buy a 35 percent stake in Arsenal football club . Our target is to lift the Champions League and Premier League back to back as we did with Enyimba , ” he posted .
While expressing his desire to buy Arsenal in January 2020 , the richest man in Africa told the David Rubenstein Show that “ It is a team that , yes , I would like to buy someday , but what I keep saying is we have $ 20 billion ( £ 15 billion ) worth of projects and that ’ s what I really want to concentrate on , ” Dangote told
“ I’ m trying to finish building the company and then , after we finish , maybe sometime in 2021 we can .
“ I’ m not buying Arsenal right now , I’ m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects because I’ m trying to take the company to the next level .
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