Arsenal Face Battle To Sign Jones

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Arsenal face an uphill battle to sign Blackburn defender Phil Jones.

wearethenorthbank.com understands that Jones, who is preparing to head off to the European U21 Championships in Denmark, would prefer a move to Liverpool.

Arsenal are nonetheless preparing a bid for the 19-year-old who they have watched extensively since he broke into the Rovers first team in 2009-10.

They face stiff competition from Liverpool who are reportedly set to make a bid for Jones also.

The Gunners are focusing their attention on Jones having had an £8million bid turned down by Blackburn for Chris Samba last week.