Former Leinster manager Paul McNaughton is hopeful that the province can maintain the high standards they set last season when their 2006/07 campaign gets underway in Edinburgh.
Michael Cheika's side travel to Scotland for their opening Magners League fixture against the Gunners this Friday, and are already playing catch-up with Ulster and Connacht joint-top of the table on four points.
In McNaughton's view, Leinster's 'free' weekend was an unwanted one. He said: "I think we would have preferred to have played on the first weekend, but that's the way the cookie crumbles - one team has to sit it out.
"We're going in against Edinburgh, who are a tough side, but we've got a good team and hopefully they can get the right result (on Friday).
"A lot depends on the first block of league games as the provinces are playing without their Ireland internationals. I'm not saying the league will be won over the first four or five weeks but you do need a decent base to move forward (with)."
Leinster have recruited cleverly during the summer with Australian duo Chris Whitaker and Owen Finegan, South African hooker Harry Vermaas and Stephen Keogh and Trevor Hogan, who have both left Munster, all linking up with the Dublin-based outfit.
Speaking to RTI Radio 1, McNaughton, who has been succeeded by Dave McHugh in the Leinster managerial role, insisted: "The squad has been strengthened. The likes of Stephen Keogh and Trevor Hogan have strengthened the pack and they will be looking to get first team Heineken Cup rugby.
"It will be interesting to see how Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney go after doing so well in their first seasons. They will want to solidify their positions and I reckon they will.
"Young Luke Fitzgerald has been signed on a full contract - he's bypassed the Academy route - and he will be one to watch. He put in a nice little cameo performance in the friendly against London Irish."