Gunners shortlisted for awards
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Three Arsenal players have received nominations for the Uefa club football awards.
Arsenal trio Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Eboue and Jens Lehmann have all received nominations for the Uefa club football awards.
The awards ceremony, scheduled for August 24, honours the best footballer for each position from last season's UEFA Champions League.
Lehmann faces competition from Gianluigi Buffon of Juventus and Lyon's Gregory Coupet in the goalkeeper of the year category.
Defender Eboue is shortlisted alongside Barcelona's Carles Puyol and Fabio Cannavaro, who played for Juve last term before switching to Real Madrid.
Henry has also been recognised for his superb performances in last season's Champions League, but has been pitted against Barca duo Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o in the forward of the year group.
Nominees for club midfielder are Juan Roman Riquelme of Villarreal, Juninho of Lyon and Barcelona's Deco.
Each award will be voted for by the coaches of the 16 teams who reached the knockout stages of last season's competition, as well as members of the Uefa technical study group.
As a result of their nominations, all three Arsenal players have been automatically shortlisted for the title of Uefa club footballer of the year 2006.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka is in the running for the most valuable player of the Uefa Cup award.
Sevilla stars Daniel Alves, Enzo Maresca and Javier Saviola are also in contention.