Thierry Henry's dedicated way of living is the secret to his achievements, according to Arsène Wenger.

Last night the Arsenal striker became the first player in the history of English football to win the FWA Player of the Year award three times. This prestigious prize has been running for 59 years and is voted for by this country's top football journalists. Arsène Wenger argued that this latest 'hat-trick' was just the repayment on a devoted lifestyle.

"It's a reward not only for an exceptional football player but when you win it for three years it means you have dedicated your life to football," said the Arsenal manager.

"Many times people get in the newspapers for the wrong headlines. In his case I feel that this is a reward for a very clean life.

"He is a role model for every striker, like Dennis Bergkamp before him. Unfortunately you get more of the headlines when you go out at 3 o'clock in the morning and you are drunk."

And watch out Premiership defenders, Wenger believes, there could be greater feats to come from the 28-year-old.

"I think the next two years will be his best," said the Frenchman. "It's when he has the physical quality and the experience."

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28 Apr 2006