Arsenal have left out Mesut Ozil from the club’s 25-man Premier League squad register for the season.
The 32-year-old has not played a single minute for the Gunners since March 7, 2020, and was not registered with UEFA for their Europa League campaign which begins against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.
Chelsea have also registered the club’s technical director Petr Cech in their Premier League squad as a precaution in case coronavirus restrictions hit coach Frank Lampard’s goalkeeper options.
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According to Chelsea, Cech’s return to a playing role is purely precautionary.
Cech’s final game before retiring was against Chelsea for Arsenal in the Europa League final in May 2019 before returning to Stamford Bridge in an executive role.
Chelsea have been beset by goalkeeping problems, with the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga and 39-year-old Willy Caballero forcing the Blues into signing Edouard Mendy last month.
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Premier League clubs had until Tuesday to submit their final 25-man group after the closure of the domestic window in England.