The Swiss midfielder now has the opportunity to become an EPL great after making a £30million move from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer.
He’s started life well in north London, starting all three of his new side’s league games and impressing with his performances.
And that will have been the ideal start for Xhaka after spending his childhood watching Vieira dominate in Arsenal’s midfield.
The Frenchman is considered one of the best to have ever played in England after his hugely successful nine-year career with Arsene Wenger’s men.
In that time, Vieira developed a reputation as an all-action midfielder, who captained Arsenal to two Premier League titles and three FA Cups as well as one more of each trophy before becoming skipper.
So when we heard Xhaka revealing that Vieira was his Premier League idol, we weren’t surprised:
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 5, 2016
At 23, Xhaka is at a good age to try emulate what Vieira achieved as a player at Arsenal.
He’s managed to secure one of two sitting midfield positions in the Gunners team already and he will hope to stay fit and on form to keep that spot for the rest of the campaign.
And if he can help the team achieve success – particularly in the league – then he would be on the right road to his own greatness at the club.