REPORTING FROM THE UK
Arsenal were handed a devastating Champions League draw on Thursday when they ended up with some of the brightest attacking sides in Europe.
There wasn't a minnow to be seen in Group F and this will take some doing.
Arsene Wenger's side fought hard through the final furlongs of last season to reel in Tottenham, then had to overcome Fenerbahce in a preliminary round.
This is scant reward for those efforts.
Gunners' fans may have felt a twinge of relief when their second pool opponents were revealed to be Marseille; difficult but by no means impossible.
That relief was short-lived.
Out came last year's runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Rafael Benitez's Napoli.
If there weren't enough reasons already to rapidly reinforce their ranks, this draw shouts their requirements from the rooftops.
Anyone who gets out of this group has nothing to fear elsewhere.
Once again, Manchester City's low co-efficient cost them dearly.
For the third year in a row, they will have to work very hard to get out of their group.
They are doomed to play the holders of the Champions League, Bayern Munich, as well as CSKA Moscow.
There will be lots of familar faces for Bayern boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium where Ferran Soriano and Txixi Begiristan now reside.
Perhaps they once thought he was going to join them. They were wrong.
At least some relief arrived for City in the form of Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic.