Centre-back Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal contacted him.
David Luiz has opened up on his departure from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian revealed he had “proper man to man” conversations with Blues boss Frank Lampard before he moved from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates.
Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph, Luiz said: “I decided to leave Chelsea before there was contact with Arsenal.
“People do not know that but I decided early to leave Chelsea. After that I had contact with Arsenal and I took a decision which everybody knows was not easy.
“Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him. His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: ‘OK, we move on’. In an honest way, in a mature way.
“We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way.”