Theo Walcott looks set to stay at Arsenal this summer after holding amicable talks with manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday.
It is understood the 23-year-old gave verbal assurances over his short-term future but has yet to sign a new deal.
Arsenal's latest offer of a five-year £75,000-a-week contract was rejected by Walcott last Friday but the club are now convinced the player wants to stay.
There is, however, a feeling that a breakthrough has been made with senior figures at Arsenal now resolved to allow Walcott to enter the final 12 months of his contract, despite the risk of losing him for nothing next summer.
The change of mood came after talks between player and manager at Arsenal's London Colney training ground, where Walcott left Wenger in no doubt about his commitment to the club.
Arsenal had previously been prepared to sell their winger if he did not agree to sign a new contract by Friday, however that position has now softened.
Further talks are planned in the weeks ahead, with both parties having made a commitment to work towards a resolution.