'The fact is that the coach wanted to recruit a new striker and with Aubameyang's signing at Arsenal, there were three top strikers, and that's why I chose to leave, ' the 31-year-old said in an interview with Telefoot (via Metro Sport).
The 31-year-old was interviewed on the French TV show Telefoot after his move to the Premier League champions, where he revealed that Deschamps urged him to leave the Emirates while not necessarily meaning Chelsea as an option.
The Gunners had signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club-record fee from Borussia Dortmund, meaning that there was no more room for Giroud in the Arsenal squad, especially with summer signing Alexandre Lacazette still available.
"Deschamps didn't encourage me to join Chelsea, he encouraged me to change club".
"He's a typical striker, with great pace and a good ratio of games played to goals scored", said Wenger. He didn't encourage me to join Chelsea. "But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made", he said. "There was Sevilla too and at one point my agent received a call from Roma".
Olivier Giroud has revealed his disappointment with Arsene Wenger following the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Giroud could make his Chelsea debut in Monday's Premier League clash against Watford, having moved to Stamford Bridge on deadline day of the January transfer window.
'When he signed, that made three central strikers and that is why I chose to leave.
Chelsea FC are now preparing for their Premier League trip to Watford on Monday night as they look to try and bounce back to winning ways after their loss to Bournemouth last week.
"It made sense for me to give a new direction to my career".
"My choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me".