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Jones impressed by Arsenal

May 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Blackburn defender Phil Jones has spoken of his admiration for Arsenal but said he is not thinking about transfer speculation.

Phil Jones
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Despite signing an extension to his contract earlier this year, Jones has been linked with a host of top Premier League clubs and the 19-year-old has made clear his respect for Arsene Wenger's approach.

"I think Arsenal play the prettiest football in the Premier League," Jones said. "Obviously money helps. Having more money allows you to play in a certain way, but that's the beauty of the Premier League - there are so many different styles.

"You know it's not easy for Arsenal to go to Stoke and win a game there anymore. It's not knocking anyone's style, it's just the nature of the Premier League, and that's why everyone loves it."

The Independent reports that both Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring Jones, but Blackburn have warned that they would demand a sizeable fee and the player says he is fully focused on the relegation battle at present.

"I can't afford to think about any of that," he said. "I just need to be concentrating on keeping Blackburn up.

"I tend not to read the papers or listen to what the pundits say about me. My mates will tell me they saw me in the newspaper linked to this club and that club, but to be honest it goes in one ear and out the other."

He added: "Obviously I want to win things, and hopefully play for England at senior level. Representing your country is a massive achievement."

Jones has already represented England at Under-21 level and is in the provisional squad for this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship.