Emirates hero will convince duo to move to north London.
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has emerged as the key ingredient to ensure the club get their top two transfer targets in January.
The 25-year-old is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and is not expected back in the first-team until mid-October.
But boss Arsene Wenger hopes the Belgium international can convince Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen to move to the Emirates.
Vermaelen has formed a strong friendship with Vertonghen following their days together at Ajax and with their national side.
Wenger missed out on the 24-year-old in the summer because the Dutch giants wanted him to boost their Champions League chances.
But they are resigned to losing him and may sell in the January transfer window, although Liverpool are also expressing strong interest.
“The fact Thomas and Jan are friends isn’t lost on Wenger,” an Ajax source told the Daily Star. “Maybe a right word will make the difference for Arsenal.
“We know he’s leaving but not when – maybe in January.”
Wenger is also hoping to use Vermaelen’s family connections to lure Lille forward Eden Hazard to north London.
Again Liverpool are strongly linked with the 20-year-old but Vermaelen is Hazard’s cousin and Wenger hopes this can tip the edge in the Gunner’s favour.