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Football: Ozil out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad, surprise Cech inclusion for Chelsea

LONDON: Arsenal's out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil was left out of their 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020-21 season released on Tuesday (Oct 20), 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 ($452,830) per week, has not played for Mikel Arteta's side this season.

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

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

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, as emergency goalkeeper cover amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cech had retired as a player in May 2019 after playing for Arsenal in their 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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