The former Gunners midfielder was far from impressive as Spain crashed out of Euro 2016.
England were not the only nation to suffer a disappointing exit from Euro 2016 on Monday, although the other defeated country did not suffer quite the humiliation that Roy Hodgson's Three Lions were made to endure.
Spain were also on the end of a somewhat surprising result, although given the staunch defence Italy have displayed throughout their campaign so far it was perhaps not too much of a shock to see them emerge as the tactical victors against the defending champions.
For the Spanish, it was their first defeat at a European Championship since 2004 after winning the last two tournaments with their 'golden generation', and was taken by many observers as a damning indictment of their current status, despite an encouraging start to the group stage.
The former Arsenal captain looked impressive at times during his side's group stage campaign, but was all too underwhelming for Chelsea throughout last season and looked terribly off his game again on Monday.
What made that poor display even worse was that it followed the 29-year-old's comments in the build-up to the clash, where he claimed that Spain had bigger, erm, stones than their Italian counterparts and were more up for the fight.
For many Arsenal fans, memories of their former beloved captain's departure to Barcelona in 2011 still taste bitter, and Gooners took to Twitter to react unsympathetically to Fabregas' performance.
Even as an Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas had the capacity to open his mouth and place his foot right in it. Team talk for Italy done!— Andy Roach (@Cockson68) June 27, 2016
I lost the ounce of respect I had for Cesc after this game. No talent left in him, overreacts everything, not even good at flopping.— Vedat (@ArsenalDilek) June 27, 2016
I cant remeber what Fabregas did in that game.— IslingtonGoonerAFC (@Born_a_gooner) June 27, 2016
I cant remember what he's done in this tournament.
I cant remember what he did last season...
what has happened to fabregas this guy was world class— saadullah (@Saadgooner40) June 27, 2016
Fabregas has really declined.— Eric The Don (@Gooner_Eric) June 27, 2016
You have young and hungry midfielders like Thiago, Koke and Saul yet you prefer to give minutes to Cesc who's playing like he's 35.— Bossa (@chn_arsenal) June 27, 2016
fabregas personifies spain's degeneration— Ken Early (@kenearlys) June 27, 2016