Instead, Conte referenced the Blues' previous two games against Arsenal - the Community Shield in August where Pedro was sent off, and the FA Cup final in May where Victor Moses saw red - and admitted the circumstance was "very odd".
"I think we needed that, after Liverpool", Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey said.
"We have great respect for officials, but it is unusual to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men", Conte said.
"It was about mentality and a response from our last away game", said Wenger. Did he catch Kolasinac?
In this clash of red and blue, the Blues were yet again the team to see red.
This is the third consecutive game against Arsenal that Chelsea have finished with ten players.
"For sure it's unusual".
City score six of the best in Watford rout
Their record is better still in the past three matches in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and allowing zero. City, meanwhile, have slammed in nine goals in their past two games and head to Watford full of confidence.
"Last season I said during many press conferences about N'Golo that he could improve a lot with the ball", the Italian told reporters. "I was a player and it can happen, this type of period and you are not so lucky to receive these red cards".
"In the end, we'll try to pay more attention in the future".
The flow of red cards represents a contrast with the discipline that was a key part of Conte's title-winning side a year ago following a chaotic 2015-16 campaign, when Jose Mourinho was sacked amid rumours of a rebellion against him by several top players.
Arsenal had the better of the chances at Stamford Bridge, and Conte paid tribute to both sides for what he described as an "open" game, with both sides going for the win.
"I think, I repeat, in this situation when a player is fouled in a continuing way - he continued to push him".
Both sides were finding it tough to create chances in the second stanza, which prompted Wenger to introduce Sancez while Conte responded by withdrawing Willian for Eden Hazard.
"Arsenal are a really good team, a strong team".