My bad, I got the wording wrong there, didn't intend to sound that pompous. Of course there's no such thing as a 'proper fan' and we all experience football differently. I ought to have stuck with expressing my own feelings without generalizing them.
I'm with you on the score that attacking football is usually a lot of fun, and don't get me wrong I like watching Arsenal at their fluid best more than anything. But I can think of a couple 1-0 wins that felt so, so good. There was that one at home against City during their first Premier League title winning season, where it was honestly quite a shit game, and to be honest a bit boring. Until something like the 83rd minute when Arteta's shot from outside the box took one bounce and settled into the bottom right corner. Felt brilliant. Another very memorable 1-0 for me was away to Dortmund in the Champions League a couple seasons back. It was not a fun game at all, and they were much better as an attacking side than us, but we showed some true defensive grit in that game, which was both nerve-wracking and satisfying to see at the same time. Then on perhaps our first real attack of the game (midway through the second half), Ramsey seemed to hyperextend his upper body to head the ball into their net. And we held on for the win. That was a really great night.
I like to see Arsenal play attacking football. But I'd like to see it complemented with some defensive steel, because as a defensive-minded player on my weekend 5-a-side games that's a part of the game I can really appreciate. The season before last we were actually doing really well on the defensive side of things, Mertescielny was solid and largely on the base of that we were churning out results in a promising way until inevitablty we fell away.
Perhaps too much reminiscence in this post.