Granit Xhaka was given a terrible rating of just 3-4 after his performance against Brazil.

Swiss publication, Basler Zeitung (syndicated across a number of websites), rated the Arsenal midfielder between three and four and highlighted him, along with Haris Seferovic as ‘the big disappointments.’

Only Seferovic was given a rating as low as Xhaka.

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Basler Zeitung

Xhaka made just one tackle and 1 interception while his passing accuracy was a poor 85.3%. Of the seven long balls he attempted, only two found their target.

Brazil's forward Gabriel Jesus (L) vies with Switzerland's midfielder Granit Xhaka during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)
Brazil’s forward Gabriel Jesus (L) vies with Switzerland’s midfielder Granit Xhaka during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Brazil and Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Arsenal new boy, and captain of Switzerland, Stephan Lichtsteiner, was rated as a 4-5 which is incredibly harsh given he’s 34 and had to contend with Neymar, Marcelo and Coutinho all by himself because Xherdan Shaqiri refuses to do any defensive work at all.

In fact, Shaqiri was so bad at helping out, Gary Neville said of the Stoke man, “I’m not a fan of Shaqiri to be honest with you,” he said. “I think that was, to be fair, worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his teammates as Stoke.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Vladimir Petkovic, Head coach of Switzerland congratulates Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA – JUNE 17: Vladimir Petkovic, Head coach of Switzerland congratulates Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“They were unprofessional last season Stoke there’s no doubt and he epitomised it.

“He could score the goal of the tournament and he could have the most amazing game.

“But he could also be there for three matches, do nothing and just amble and wobble around.

“To be honest with you with him, players like that I can’t have. I struggle with it.”

Somehow, Basler Zeitung managed to rate Shaqiri as a 4, on par with the two Arsenal men.

No Swiss player made more interceptions than Lichtsteiner (3), while he also made one tackle, and a team high two blocks. None of his four crosses found a teammate, however, and his passing was one of the worst in the side, completing just 72.7% (only the goalkeeper and Steven Zuber were worse).

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