Nike have sponsored Arsenal since 1994
Arsenal have secured a £130m windfall from a new kit sponsorship deal with Nike which should remove all doubts over the plans to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium.
The deal is spread over 10 years but a key factor is that Nike have agreed to hand over a lump sum of £55m in July 2006 when the Gunners intend to move into their new home at Ashburton Grove.
Arsenal's move from Highbury was recently put back by a year, with costs expected to rise to around £400m.
And building work has been stopped while the club negotiates the purchase of a myriad of small businesses around the proposed site.
However, the club are still hopeful of starting work at Ashburton Grove again in September.
Arsenal's current deal with Nike is worth £5.7m annually, but the new agreement has increased that figure by nearly £8m.