I'm not necessarily against real PvP but it doens't excite me, either. There's a whole slew of problems that come along with real PvP that GoW doesn't currently suffer from. I'd prefer more of our current PvAI with enhanced modes to break it up. Right now we really only have two types of battles: Arena and everything else.
As to Arena, I started playing that again this week and as long as you have the gold to waste on restarting until you get a team that doesn't totally suck, it's pretty fun. Gives a lot more souls than I remember. Still its not quite there; I'm not sure what needs to be done to fix it but it needs something.