The Frenchman was the subject of serious interest from the Blues as the transfer deadline approached in August and while reports to that effect were not confirmed at the time, Ronald Koeman has since hinted that Giroud was his main target once the acquisition of Gylfi Sigurdsson had been completed.
Now Giroud himself has verified the reports, although he stopped short of confirming suggestions that it was his wife's desire to stay in London that was the overriding factor.
"I had the opportunity to leave [Arsenal]," he told Canal+ in France. "I was very close to another English club, Everton.
"But I think I made the best choice."