FORMER Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has joined fellow Spaniard Xavi's Qatari side Al Sadd.

The veteran playmaker, 35, has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him move to Doha from Villarreal. 

His new side confirmed the move on Twitter and said: "Welcome to our club Santi. 

"We wish you all the best and we hope we can win many titles together. Many thanks!"

The news dashes hopes of a fairytale return to the Gunners. 

Rumours had circulated suggesting he was in line to take up a position as Mikel Arteta's No2 at the Emirates.

The Arsenal legend was given a hero's farewell by his team-mates at La Liga side Villarreal. 

His departure at the end of the season was previously confirmed and he was given a fitting send-off by the club where it all began.