Where are they now? Arsenal's 2006 Champions League runners-up

Pires, Henry, Cole and Mr Invincible: James McNicholas looks back at the first Gunners side to reach the final of European football's top club competition

Jens Lehmann

Since his second retirement, Lehmann has enjoyed a varied career as a pundit in England and Germany

Arsenal’s fiery German goalkeeper was sent off just 20 minutes into the final, which felt particularly cruel given that his semi-final penalty save from Villarreal’s Juan Roman Riquelme had played such an instrumental part in helping Arsenal reach Paris.

Lehmann remained with Arsenal until 2008, when he moved to Stuttgart on a free transfer having lost his place to Manuel Almunia. He retired from playing after two years at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, but there was a twist in the tale: an injury crisis at Arsenal in March 2011 led to Lehmann donning the Gunners gloves once again. During a 3-1 victory over Blackpool in April 2011, the 41-year-old Lehmann became Arsenal’s oldest player of the Premier League era.

Since his second retirement, Lehmann has enjoyed a varied career as a pundit in England and Germany. He has also completed his UEFA A coaching license, and has already spent a couple of short spells training Arsenal’s youth teams. Lehmann is not currently attached to a club, but has indicated that in the long term he would like to assume a role as a sporting director.

Emmanuel Eboue

His Arsenal career suffered a setback when Wenger installed Bacary Sagna as first-choice right-back in 2007

The year 2006 was a breakout one for Eboue. An injury to Lauren opened the door for the Ivorian, who made such an impression with his marauding runs from right-back that Arsene Wenger compared him to Brazilian legend Garrincha.

His Arsenal career suffered a setback when Wenger installed Bacary Sagna as first-choice right-back in 2007; Eboue was repurposed as a winger, but his confidence never quite recovered. He remained a hugely popular figure on the training ground, though, but often frustrated the fans - culminating in him being booed during a match against Wigan in December 2008.

Emmanuel Eboue

Eboue was a success at Galatasaray, where he won two league titles

Eboue clung on at Arsenal until 2011, when he joined Galatasaray. After failing to win silverware throughout his time in north London, he won two league titles, the Turkish cup and two Turkish Super Cups in the space of three years.

Having been released at the end of his contract, he struggled to find a new club. In March 2016 he signed for Premier League strugglers Sunderland, but within weeks was handed a one-year ban from all football activities for failing to pay a former representative. Sunderland responded by releasing him, and Eboue has since spent an anguished 12 months on the sidelines. The suspension will soon expire and, at 33, he could still look to add a final chapter to the story of his career.

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