Midfielder who made his professional debut with Basel in 2010. He played with Borussia Mönchengladbach from 2012-2016, then joined Arsenal. He joined the Swiss national team in 2011.
His youth career began in 2000 with Concordia Basel.
Teammates nicknamed him "Young Einstein" for his intellect and love of science.
His older brother Taulant Xhaka also plays professional soccer. He married Leonita Lekaj in July 2017.
Former coach Thorsten Fink compared him favorably to the mega-talented winger Xherdan Shaqiri.