"It just shows the level of competition in the Premier League", he said. "It's a pity because we dominated the game", said Conte.
Chelsea paid tribute to former captain and assistant manager Ray Wilkins, who died aged 61 on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest, before kick-off with a minute's applause.
Southampton's Jack Stephens and Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal both saw red in stoppage time for violent conduct, leaving their respective sides to play out the closing minutes with 10 men.
Mark Hughes saw his side take a deserved lead as Tadic fed Cedric out wide, with the full-back's low cross to the near post left by both Petr Cech and Skhodran Mustafi allowing Long to nip in between the pair and sweep home his first goal since January 2.
The goal meant statistics showed Aubameyang has now been involved in seven league goals this term - six goals and one assist - the most of any Arsenal player in their first seven appearances for the club since 1992, the year football was invented.
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Hart was needed, though, to salvage a point for the visitors as he made brilliant stops from Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud in the closing stages to do his hopes of starting for England at the World Cup no harm.
McCarthy had to be alert at the start of the second half to make smart saves from Aubameyang and Xhaka with Iwobi also drawing another stop as Arsenal looked to kill off the game.
"My team-mates and the coach believe in me and, when you are not as good as you want to be, it is hard, so now I am happy and everything is alright".
"He had every reason to feel sorry for himself, to think the mountain was too big to climb, because it was the right knee, then the left knee and a year out every time".
This was a free hit for them, but it was of paramount importance for Southampton, who were on the verge of claiming a valuable point in their battle against relegation, after opening the scoring through Shane Long and Charlie Austin coming on in the second half to equalise.
Southampton was looking for the equalizer after Welbeck grabbed the home side's victor late, minutes after missing an easier chance to score.