One of the reasons that Arsenal found it so hard to win at home to Southampton on Saturday was the complacent attitude of some of our players. It appeared to me that a lot of the Gunners out there on the pitch almost believed they only had to turn up to claim the points.
I think it is fair to say that Arsenal were quite pleased with how the draw for the Champions League groups panned out this season. There were some easier clubs for us to get from the top seeded pot of title winners, most notably CSKA Moscow who our jammy north London rivals Tottenham got, but there were a lot worse as well, so we are happy to have dodged Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus.
It remains to be seen what Arsene Wenger does with the new Arsenal striker Lucas Perez on Tuesday after the Spaniard endured a pretty miserable Arsenal debut in the Premier League win over Southampton. But if the Frenchman was looking for options up front as we head to Paris to face the French champions PSG in the Champions League, he could do worse than look to the striker in form for the Gunners at under 23 level.
With all of the first round of international games now done and dusted, Arsenal can get back to business and our season really starts to hot up, with our first domestic cup action coming up along with the Champions League group stages and the Premier League to consider.
Arsenal got a what can only be considered a favourable draw for the Champions League group stages today, while Leicester also got what looks to be a winnable group also.
The Gunners will take on Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Basel and Ludogrets, in what could be a tricky draw for the group stages.
The changes made by UEFA over the seedings for the Champions League is simply going to mean that the Group Stages have every chance of being many times harder than in previous years, when every top team was guaranteed at least one lemon in the Group.
I am not going to complain too much about the way that the Arsenal fixture schedule has worked out, because it has been a lot worse for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners in the past. We do still have the possibility of the Premier League and the TV companies making it hard for us and we do not know which teams Arsenal will be facing on the Champions League games, but for now it is looking pretty friendly for Arsenal.
There is still a lot of anger among some Arsenal fans, even though the planned protest against Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board at the home game against Norwich City last weekend seemed to show more support for the beleaguered boss than a united determination to see him replaced as manager.