The Gunners came from two goals behind to earn a share of the spoils with bitter rivals Tottenham, as Xhaka was in the heart of the action.
Despite the late rallying to press their opponents and find a late equaliser, Arsenal had gifted Spurs their second goal courtesy of a rash challenge by Xhaka in the penalty area.
Granit Xhaka has responded to those criticising him for the north London derby draw
The Swiss star went clattering in on Son Heung-Min, sending the South Korean to the turf just as he teed the ball off to a waiting team-mate.
Criticism poured towards Xhaka’s direction soon after, with many fans and pundits pointing to his consistently poor disciplinary record and his tendency to cost his team.
Giving his view in the aftermath of the match, Xhaka has chosen to focus on the positives.
Xhaka put in a rash challenge on Son Heung-Min to gift Tottenham a first-half penalty
Fans and pundits once again called Xhaka’s disciplinary record into question after the foul
‘Of course critics are always here,’ Xhaka told Sky Sports. ‘The north London derby, I think we had a good game. I made a mistake with the penalty but if you saw the game, we could have won.
We had a lot of chances but this is football. Nobody speaks about the chances, nobody speaks about how many we missed. They always speak about the mistakes.
‘This is part of football.’
Arsenal return to action following the international break with a short trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Sunday, October 15.