Comment The centre-back is out of contract and free to discuss terms with clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have held talks with free agent Malang Sarr as Mikel Arteta looks to bring in defensive reinforcements this summer, though are stalling over an official contract offer.The Gunners have struggled defensively all season while Arteta has been forced to use left-backs Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney at centre-back since moving to a back three formation.There is a clear need to bring in a new central defender this summer despite William Saliba’s arrival, with several surplus-to-requirements centre-backs likely to be moved on. Sarr helped Nice up to fifth place in Ligue 1 before the season was halted (Picture: Getty)According to Goal.com, that has seen Arsenal turn to 21-year-old Sarr, who is a free agent after his contract with Ligue1 side Nice came to an end.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have held talks with the defender, who is wanted by a number of clubs around Europe including Torino, but are not prepared to offer him a contract until they know if they will be playing in the Europa League next season.Arsenal’s unexpected victory over Liverpool has kept their slim hopes of European qualification alive and that will dictate the budget Arteta will have available to him this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners have already loaned out Konstantinos Mavropanos to Stuttgart, which immediately opens up a spot in the squad for another centre-back, while there are significant doubts over the form of David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.In addition to Sarr, Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Reims centre-back Axel Disasi, who has been linked with both Wolves and Southampton. Arsenal begin talks to sign Malang Sarr as Mikel Arteta eyes defensive reinforcements Advertisement Advertisement Arteta is keen to add another centre-back to his squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Arteta was asked if he would be given the finances he needs to improve his squad this summer, telling Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know. It’s a big concern.‘You need it to build a squad. It’s not magic. You need to improve with quality players in the squad and you need bigger squads to compete in this competition. There’s the challenge.’Sarr played 19 times for Nice before the Ligue 1 season was cancelled and did not suffer defeat in his last nine straight outings, keeping three clean sheets during that run.MORE: Sol Campbell identifies how many signings Arsenal need after win over LiverpoolMORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal board and points out ‘big concern’ after Liverpool winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 10:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares
…says prisoners on remand costing the nation a fortunePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said that reducing the amount of detainees among the general inmate population requires effective functioning of the criminal justice system.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan addressing a workshop that looked at pre-trail alternatives on Thursday at the Grand Coastal HotelThe Minister was speaking against the backdrop of a study on alternatives to incarceration of pre-trail detainees, conducted through the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme.The study was commissioned by the Public Security Ministry, and looked at recommendations for this issue, among other things. The draft final report was discussed at a workshop on Thursday.Ramjattan has said that while the study has stressed the alternative to pre-trial, methods must be utilised to resolve this problem. He said the local law provides for this, but the laws are not being used. He also pointed to another issue highlighted in the report, which is the granting of bail in deserving cases.The Minister, an attorney by profession, pointed to his experience in private practice, saying he is aware of situations where prosecutors, for sometimes no good reason, do not want to recommend bail.Speaking about the slow pace of the criminal justice system, Ramjattan said this often results in the incarceration of persons awaiting trial for long periods.Another issue is insufficient community-based sanctions, and the need for criminal law reform.“We’re somewhat hesitant in doing major criminal law reform, although I must say that we have started the process by having a number of pieces of legislation brought by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General and myself (Juvenile Justice Bill) being one that will soon be debated,” he stated.Further, the Minister spoke about the heavy price that Government has to pay to support those on pre-trail detention. He noted that it is costing Government way too much even just to feed them.“The current remand population of our prison facilities accounts for 35 percent of all inmates, and the cost of providing meals alone for the remand population is estimated at $150 million annually.”The Minister has said that given this high percentage of remand prisoners, members of the judiciary should be more encouraged and willing to capitalise on the opportunities to utilise alternatives to pre-trial detention.“The current high ratio of remand-to-prison population makes a strong case for stakeholders along the criminal justice chain to seek ways to eliminate inappropriate use of pretrial detention,” he asserted.Addressing prison officials also was consultant for the programme, Peter Pursglove, who noted that one of the major issues found during his assessment of the system is unreliable information.He said that with the lack of reliable information, it will be difficult to reliably develop alternative systems.“We found that we had prisoners with different names but the same facts; different dates of births from the judiciary and the Prison Service; different sentences, and different times that they were committed. Overall. We found that their statistics could not be accurately used because they were unreliable,” Pursglove said. The consultant therefore recommended the establishment of a modern data collection system.“There has to be a proper prisoner database if there is going to be any development of sentencing reforms. You have got to know who is in your prison and why he’s is there,” he added.According to Pursglove, this information is important so as to allow Prison officials to constantly monitor those in the system to make sure they are going through their stages at the right time.