Mark McKenzie has been tipped to join Arsenal in ‘two or three years’ according to his former teammate.

GENK BELGIUM - FEBRUARY 21th: Mark McKenzie of KRC Genk in action during the Jupiler Pro League match day 27 between KRC Genk and Beerschot VA on February 21, 2021 in Genk, Belgium. Photo by Frank Abbeloos/Isosport
GENK BELGIUM – FEBRUARY 21th: Mark McKenzie of KRC Genk in action during the Jupiler Pro League match day 27 between KRC Genk and Beerschot VA on February 21, 2021 in Genk, Belgium. Photo by Frank Abbeloos/Isosport

Oguchi Onyewu was speaking to the press in Belgium about Mark McKenzie, a 22-year-old centreback who plays for Genk and has been linked with Arsenal by absolutely nobody.

“Mark was in the second team at the time, but I saw in him as someone with a lot of potential. I took him under my wing, became a bit of his guide in professional football,” Onyewu told Het Belang van Limburg, via Sport Witness.

“When I heard that he was going to sign for Genk, I of course congratulated him. It’s a good club, not as good as Standard of course [jokes], but still quite okay.

“Mark is enjoying himself at Genk. He was taken care of very well. I’m not worried about him at all. That boy is a born winner. It could be that he will be playing at Arsenal in two to three years.”

McKenzie is a USA national with two caps for his country, the first coming in February 2020 against Costa Rica when he played 28 minutes. His full debut came eight months later in October when he got his full debut against El Salvador, although he was not selected for the squads in between for games against Wales and Panama.

He is currently valued at around £6.6m after signing for Genk from Philadelphia in January for £4.91m.

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