Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, right, speaks with Arsenal's manager Mikel Arteta during their team's match at Selhurst Park, London, 21 Aug 2023. Credit: (AP Photo/Kin Cheung

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that Roy Hodgson will return to the dugout soon because of his “love of football”.

Crystal Palace manager Hodgson fell ill during training on Thursday and was taken to hospital for further tests, with his condition later being described as “stable” by the Premier League club.

When asked about Hodgson, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said “I don’t know the extract details, hopefully he is feeling much better”.

The Gunners’ manager added: “Knowing Roy, I think he will be in tomorrow because he loves it so much”.

When asked about the stresses of the modern game from the management side Arteta said: “A lot of times [pressure] is in relation to where you are, but it is part of the job.”

In a statement, Crystal Palace added: “We can confirm [Hodgson] is now stable and undergoing tests in hospital. Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Roy for a speedy recovery”.

Although Hodgson is said to be recovering well in hospital, rumours have already began to circulate surrounding his replacement, with Austrian Europa League winning manager Oliver Glasner, 49, thought to be the frontrunner.

English business owner and shareholder in Crystal Palace Steve Parish, has said that Glasner is his preferred candidate to take over the role, after a failed attempt to persuade the Austrian to take the head roll at Ipswich.

After being taken ill during a routine training session with Crystal Palace on Thursday, Hodgson, a former England coach, is unlikely to return for the next game and assistant managers Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy are likely to prepare the team.

This is also not the first time Hodgson has been taken ill this season. In September, he taken into hospital the morning prior to his team facing Aston Villa where they lost 3-1. The oldest ever Premier League manager had previously managed Palace between 2017 and 2021 before signing a short term contract in March of 2023.