A whipping boy when Arsenal fell short against Premier League heavyweights last season, Switzerland global Xhaka displayed all of his enviable array of qualities, often leaving Liverpool disorganised in central areas as a result.
The Premier League's game of the week, Liverpool at Arsenal, was a frantic match with plenty of chances.
"The manager has a new philosophy", he said after their draw with Liverpool.
This was arguably Arsenal's most impressive - and encouraging - performance under Unai Emery.
Liverpool were a threat, undoubtedly.
"For the supporters it is a great match and a good spectacle, but I am only 50 percent happy because we wanted to win".
They created more chances with Arsenal having 12 and Liverpool 13, but putting it on frame was a struggle for both. It eluded them once more, but their display was an encouraging one.
Arsenal host Sporting CP in midweek in the Europa League before looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League next weekend against Wolves. However, the Gunners have scored more goals after the break than any other side (19).
According to the same story, the Welsh midfielder has accepted that this will be his final campaign as an Arsenal player after a 10-season career at the north London side.
"The reaction of the team was flawless", goalkeeper Bernd Leno told Arsenal's official website afterwards.
"It shows a bit the squad's character right now, also of the fans", he said of the fight Arsenal showed.
With the help of personnel and tactical changes instigated by the always animated Emery on the touchline, Arsenal found a way back. "We never give up, we'll keep going and get what we deserve".
The Gunners are looking to finish in the top four for the first time since the 2015-16 season following two hard years at the tail end of Arsene Wenger's rein.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool can not reach the ball as it is gathered by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
That also underlines the attacking depth the manager has at his disposal.
"That's important. If you want to get to where we want to get to then you need to have those credentials".
"It's back to back clean sheets, which reinforces our feeling that defensively we're in better shape than we have been", he said this week.
"Progress is with time".