Jay-Z has revealed he may be interested in investing some of his estimated $500million (£333m) fortune in Arsenal.
The American rapper, married to fellow superstar Beyonce, insisted he fell Crazy in Love with the Gunners during ex-Emirates favourite Thierry Henry's spell in North London, and has remained a fan ever since.
The multiple Grammy winner - real name Shawn Carter - already part-owns NBA side New Jersey Nets and revealed his Blueprint for investment opportunities when he said: 'I don't know a lot about the business of soccer, but in the future if the right opportunity presented itself, then who knows? I am a businessman, and I will always look at an opportunity, and if it feels right, great.'
Jay-Z made his fortune after selling over 40million records worldwide, coupled with other business interests that include several record labels, nightclubs and clothing line Rocawear.
That's a rap: Cesc Fabregas and co could see some fresh investment at Arsenal but it was the skills of Thierry Henry (below) that attracted the rapper to the club
But now it seems hip hop's biggest name is in an Emirates State ofMind, which started 'when Thierry Henry was at the club. I just thoughthe was an amazingplayer. Ever since then I have been a big fan of the club and stilltoday you play the beautiful football that Thierry did. I think he hada real long term-effect on the team.'
He added: 'I don't know if there are any Jay-Z fans in the current team but ifthere are they would be more than welcome to come to my next concertwhen I am over in London. They can come and see me do my work, and thenI will come and see them do their work.'
It seems that owning an English football club may be the latest fashion accessory for America's flash rappers - just last week P Diddy was linked with a move for Crystal Palace. A bid never materialised, however, perhaps because the American realised It's a Hard Knock Life down in a Championship relegation battle.
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