Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has been named PFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.

The 25-year-old French international, who has scored 34 goals this season, was rewarded by the Professional Footballers Association.

Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas was named PFA Young Player of the Year, only 15 months after hisœ5million move from First Division Nottingham Forest.

Henry said: ‘This means a lot tome 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.’

‘There were some great names on the shortlist and some equally good ones who didn’t make it, but that’s because there are so many great players in the English League and that is why I am so happy to win this.

‘It means a lot when the players vote for you.’

The Young Player of the Year award went to Necwastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas.