Arsenal fans tear into Cesc Fabregas after anonymous display against Italy

Spain's Cesc Fabregas looks dejected

The former Gunners midfielder was far from impressive as Spain crashed out of Euro 2016.

Spain's Cesc Fabregas looks dejected

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.

One of the biggest targets from criticism after the match was Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, whose inconsistency reared its ugly head again as he drifted through the game.

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

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.

Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas challenges Portsmouth's Aaron Mokoena

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