In analyzing how a side with the third lowest wage bill in the Premier League so thoroughly outperforms their expectations, the "how" is just as interesting as the "what."
There will surely be another group of young playmakers who break out in Russia, but we'll need to temper our expectations with the reminder of James' past that there is no straight line to a soccer career.
The on-field impact of trading Sanchez and Giroud for and Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan may be a wash, but Arsenal's moves added to the perception of a league where big money moves happen.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's story represents the murkiness of third party ownership. Jose Mourinho never really wanted him but now he gets a new shot with Arsenal.
La Liga suits are simply too lazy and unimaginative to effectively market and improve a league that's often fantastic to watch but frustrating to consume.