Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will quit Arsenal when his current contract expires in 2004, possibly to manage at international level.

Wenger also admitted that he would be tempted by the prospect of taking over at Bayern Munich.

‘I have a contract with Arsenal until 2004 which I will definitely fulfil,’ Wenger told the website.

‘But what happens after that I don’t know. I would like to become a national coach one day.’

Asked about the possibility of taking over at Bayern, Wenger stated: ‘The Bayern job would hinge on whether I would be given sufficient freedom to work and enough power.

“Working for Franz Beckenbauer would present no problems as I know him well.

Despite the appeal of the Bayern job Wenger has called on the club to keep faith with the under-fire Hitzfeld.

“The criticism Hitzfeld has received is totally unjustified,” added Wenger.

“Bayern will win the German title comfortably. They are not yet halfway through the season and are already five points clear at the top.”