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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 April, 2003, 23:12 GMT 00:12 UK
Henry honoured by peers
Arsenal's Thierry Henry
Henry has spearheaded Arsenal's attack

Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has scooped the Professional Football Association's player of the year award.

The Frenchman was chosen ahead of a host of Premiership hot-shots, including last year's winner Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas also pipped England's Wayne Rooney to the young player of the year award.

Henry has had an impressive season for Double-chasing Arsenal, scoring a landmark 100th goal for the Gunners back in January.

The 25-year-old has dazzled defenders with his pace and, though he could not carry Arsenal to the last eight of the champions league, his hat-trick against Roma remains one of this season's highlights.

Brad Friedel (Blackburn)
Stephen Carr (Spurs)
Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
William Gallas (Chelsea)
Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
Patrick Vieira (Arsenal)
Paul Scholes (Man Utd)
Kieron Dyer (Newcastle)
Robert Pires (Arsenal)
Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
Alan Shearer (Newcastle)

The other nominees were Newcastle's Alan Shearer, Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola, Southampton's James Beattie and Man Utd's Ruud van Nistelrooy and Paul Scholes.

Henry said: "This means a lot to me because the other players have voted for me.

"They all know better than anyone else because they play against me and they must have noticed something, so I'm happy they have noticed something.

"It's never easy when you come from another country to get people to like you but, at the end of the day, the most important thing is football, no matter which country you are from.

"We are all trying to play the same and to do well on the pitch, so nationality doesn't really matter."

Jenas also beat off some of the brightest talent in the game to claim his young players crown.

Newcastle's Jermaine Jenas
Jenas has impressed since his 5m move to Newcastle

The 20-year-old has played a key role as Sir Bobby Robson's men bid to qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive season.

Jenas has become a mainstay in the Newcastle midfield only 15 months after his 5m move from First Division Nottingham Forest.

He said: "I felt I'd had a good season but to win this shows me what the other players think of me and it's a great achievement.

"I was slightly surprised but I knew I'd be in the running because I believe in my own ability and I was hoping I would be up there and it is so nice to win it."

Jenas edged out Newcastle team-mate Craig Bellamy (Newcastle), John O'Shea (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (West Ham), Scott Parker (Charlton) and Wayne Rooney (Everton).



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