As shared by James Olley of the London Evening Standard, the Gunners boss left the door open for an unlikely deadline-day deal as he joked with the reporters:
Wenger on likelihood of further transfers: "99pc no. If Messi knocks on my door at 5.50pm I will not say 'please go back to Barcelona'."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 1, 2016
The Gunners moved for Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny earlier in the January transfer window and have kept relatively quiet since then, but given their solid form in the Premier League and the lack of true value deals that generally happen in January, that shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Per John Cross of the Daily Mirror, the Frenchman confirmed January was remarkably quiet, and fans shouldn't expect deadline day to be any different:
Arsene Wenger on transfers. "The whole period was much quieter than I anticipated, the fact I'm here now shows we'll still be quiet."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 1, 2016
He would have preferred more additions, however:
Wenger talking about the transfer window in past tense: "If possible, I would have been open to one more but there is a rarity of players."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 1, 2016
Wenger also weighed in on Chelsea star John Terry and his likely departure from the Blues, ruling out any move for the veteran before praising him for the wonderful career he's had:
Wenger says Rosicky is a thigh injury. Wenger says he's not interested in signing Terry. "If he plays longer, it will be for Chelsea."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 1, 2016
Wenger on John Terry. "Great player, still is and is great coach on the pitch. Has had a great career."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 1, 2016
Most of Arsenal's last-minute transfer business seems to revolve around outgoing players, with Mathieu Debuchy and Serge Gnabry taking the spotlight. The former is seeking a move away from the club in search of more playing time and the chance to earn his spot in France's Euro 2016 squad.
Gnabry is expected to leave to a Championship club on loan, and if Debuchy leaves the Emirates Stadium on Monday, he, too, will only leave temporarily:
Wenger confirms Debuchy won't leave on permanent deal. Gnabry will leave on loan to a Championship club. Two teams in the frame.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 1, 2016
Turning his attention toward the task at hand, Wenger couldn't help but take a shot at the officiating during Arsenal's last meeting with Southampton, via the club's official Twitter account:
The boss on Southampton: "We were unlucky with the three goals due to referee decisions last time." Watch LIVE https://t.co/fh4FyeG5tv— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2016
The Saints walked all over Arsenal when the two teams met in December in what was arguably the worst performance the Gunners put together during the first half of the season. The final score of 4-0 highlighted just how dominant Southampton were, but after the match, Wenger blamed poor officiating for the team's first three goals, per Shamoon Hafez of BBC Sport.
Finally, the Arsenal boss weighed in on the close title race:
Wenger on the title race: "Somebody will win it. You have to have strong performances to win the title." Watch LIVE https://t.co/fh4FyeG5tv— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2016
The memories of the Gunners' dreadful showing at St. Mary's are still fresh, which makes Tuesday's clash a vital one. If Arsenal can play up to their potential and grab a win over Southampton, it will provide the team with tons of momentum, and that may just be the boost the Gunners need to survive the coming weeks.
With the Premier League title race as close as ever and a UEFA Champions League doubleheader against Barcelona right around the corner, Arsenal will need all the momentum they can find. A win over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium would be a good start.