Arsenal vs. Southampton: Arsene Wenger Talks Deadline Day and More in Presser

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger all but ruled out any last-minute transfer deals for his club, speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's Premier League clash with Southampton.

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:

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:

He would have preferred more additions, however:

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:

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:

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 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:

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.

 

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