That dull echo that can still be heard reverberating around the streets of Marseille is the sound of Germany hammering on the door of France’s defence.
The world champions applied pressure on Les Bleus’ backline almost relentlessly throughout their Euro 2016 semi-final defeat, but were consistently denied access by the steadfast French.
Ahead of kick off, much was made about the absence of Die Mannschaft’s beanpole frontman Mario Gomez, who missed the game through injury.
The lack of his towering presence at the focal point of their attack denied Germany the privilege of playing the ball from back to front quickly, which proved to be a massive problem once they’d tried everything in their intricate passing move playbook.
It was clear how much Gomez was missed as Jogi Low’s side slung balls into the box in the closing stages, only for players of lesser aerial prowess to spurn glorious headed chances.
The nature of France’s 2-0 victory underlines the fact that the 30-year-old has the all the necessary tools to transform a great team into the best team and this is the exact calibre of player Arsenal are looking for this summer.
Arsene Wenger needs a striker with a proven goal record and the Gunners’ £20m for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy shows how he is willing to compromise his usual recruitment values in order to get one.
At 29, Vardy is well north of the age bracket Wenger typically targets ahead of a big investment and Gomez is only slightly older.
In terms of net-bulging pedigree, there aren’t many better than the powerful German.
He bagged 26 Super Lig goals to fire Beskitas to the Turkish title last term and enjoyed multiple league hauls north of 20 during his stint at Bayern Munich.
At the Euros, Gomez shone as the arrowhead of a team that favours a short-passing game, like Arsenal, demonstrating how he’s just as lethal feeding off through balls and pull backs from the byline as he is crosses.
There were any number of occasions last season when the Gunners dominated games and fashioned chances they were unable to take. Plenty of fans will have sympathised with Germany’s plight, knowing how big a difference a clinical striker can make.
The similarities in shortcomings means Wenger must get Gomez if they’re to stand any chance of landing the 2016/17 Premier League title, a feat they’re priced at 6/1 to achieve.