That’s not to say he doesn’t deserve this adulation, Xhaka has made a wonderful begin to what’s proving to be a really thrilling season for the group with their newest outing seeing them dispatch Brentford.
But simply shy of three years in the past Xhaka appeared to be completed as an Arsenal player with his already fractious relationship with the fans hitting an all-time low in October 2019.
The Switzerland midfielder was ceaselessly the scapegoat when Arsenal put in a foul efficiency, which grew to become an all-too common prevalence for the Gooners’ liking in recent times.
And then throughout Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at dwelling to Crystal Palace tempers frayed at Xhaka being substituted simply after the hour was met with roars of enjoyment from the Emirates Stadium crowd.
Xhaka responded by waving and cupping his ear sarcastically at the offended supporters as he slowly walked off before exchanging phrases with any Arsenal fan in earshot.
He lost the captaincy just a few days later and it appeared inevitable that Xhaka would discover a new membership at the earliest alternative.
The player admitted his ‘suitcases were packed’ till manager Mikel Arteta, who had solely been Gunners manager a matter of weeks, persuaded him to keep.