The Gunners boss called the 30-year-old stopper "disrespectful" after he was repeatedly slow to restart the play from goal kicks. However, Al-Habsi is adamant that he did nothing wrong.
He told The Sun: "When I play football I do not cheat. I used a tactic to control and contain the game.
"It's normal when you play in big-pressure matches to control the game to take the pressure off your team.
"It's very important for me as a goalkeeper and my teammates in defence to do this in order to help our side.
"The ref is there to see everything and if he's happy then so am I. I have to do it for my team."
Al-Habsi was cautioned by referee Andre Marriner during second-half stoppage time.