Ozil out of Arsenal's Premier League squad, surprise Cech inclusion for Chelsea

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was left out of its 25-man Premier League squad while Chelsea surprisingly named Petr Cech as its emergency goalkeeper for the season.

Ozil, who last played for Arsenal in March and is under contract with it until June 2021, was also axed from its Europa League squad earlier this month.   -  Getty Images

Arsenal's out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil was left out of its 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020-21 season released on Tuesday, increasing the likelihood that he has played his last game for the North London club.

Ozil, 32, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021 and earns a reported 350,000 pounds ($452,830) per week, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side this season.

The German playmaker, who last played for Arsenal in March, was also axed from its Europa League squad earlier this month.

Arteta had said last month that his team is "evolving" and that Ozil would find it difficult to find a place in the squad, casting doubts over his future at the club.

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Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos was also left out of Arsenal's Premier League squad after he too was excluded from the Europa League squad.

Elsewhere, Chelsea named Petr Cech, who played for the club from 2004-2015 and currently works as technical advisor at Stamford Bridge, was roped in as emergency goalkeeper cover amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cech had retired as a player in May 2019 after playing for Arsenal in its Europa League final defeat by Chelsea.

"We don't want to risk having a difficulty with finishing a game. Although this is just an emergency option and the likelihood is very small, we want to be safe," Cech said via his representatives.

"The manager (Frank Lampard) decides on who gets nominated and who does not. In the end, we agreed and it was actually also his idea that since I train with the team, it would make sense to put me in for some emergency situation."

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Manchester United excluded defender Phil Jones and goalkeeper Sergio Romero from its squad, while Danny Rose was left out by Tottenham Hotspur after failing to secure a move to a second-tier Championship club on transfer deadline day.

League leader Everton dropped winger Yannick Bolasie after the 31-year-old failed to make the matchday squad this season, having last played for the Toffees in May 2018.

Premier League clubs can register 25 first team players over the age of 21, of whom a minimum of eight should be homegrown.

A 'homegrown' player is defined by the Premier League as a player of any nationality who is 21 or older on Jan. 1, 2021 and spent three years between the ages of 16 and 21 at an English league team. 

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