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.