The 26-year-old was born in Basel and joined the club’s youth academy at the age of ten before progressing into the first-team and making his professional debut in 2010.
Xhaka clocked up 61 appearances for Basel across two seasons, winning the Swiss title twice as well as the domestic cup, before moving to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012.
A productive four-year spell in Germany alerted Arsenal to Xhaka’s talents and while he has no plans to leave north London anytime soon, he would like to end his career in Switzerland.
Speaking to Swiss paper Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, Xhaka said: “Definitely. My career started there. It is a goal, actually, my dream to return some day.
“It won’t be the case at 28. It’ll probably be more like Alex Frei, who’s the best example of how to do it. He came back once he was in his thirties, but still performed and helped FCB win a few titles.
“Of course, the expectations are high when you come back again, but it is clearly a dream.”
Basel have emerged as the dominant force in Swiss football since the turn of the millenium, winning 12 of a possible 18 league titles since the 2000-01 season, although they were pipped by Young Boys last season.
Thanks to their reputation, Basel have hoovered up the brightest talents in Switzerland in recent years with Xherdan Shaqiri and Croatia international Ivan Rakitic progressing through their youth ranks, while Mohamed Salah and Xhaka’s Arsenal teammate Mohamed Elneny, also played for them.
Xhaka, meanwhile, has started to show the form that persuaded Arsenal to spend £35m on him in 2016, during the opening months of Unai Emery’s tenure, emerging as a key player in central midfield.
Only Shkodran Mustafi and Hector Bellerin have played more minutes than Xhaka for Arsenal in the Premier League this season while he has also scored twice so far, both from free-kicks against Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
Arsenal travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth after the international break.