Guardians of the Galaxy star Will Poulter on early Hollywood wake-up call to follow beloved Arsenal from afar

The BAFTA Award winner is currently on the big screen in Marvel’s latest film, but refuses to miss an Arsenal game even when thousands of miles away.
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Hollywood star and Arsenal superfan Will Poulter has spoken about getting up at the crack of dawn when filming in Los Angeles to follow the Gunners from overseas.

The actor is currently in the limelight once again thanks to his role as Adam Warlock in the latest Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which hit cinemas earlier this month and has already grossed over £425 million.

Poulter chatted with Arsenal legend Ian Wright on his podcast Wrighty's House and talked about his latest film and what life on set is like.

The 30-year-old is a lifelong Arsenal fan and gave his thoughts on the rise of Bukayo Saka, how much he rates William Saliba and if the Gunners could still win the Premier League - although that was before losing to Brighton on Sunday.

In between all the football chat, Wright asked if Poulter ever has time to watch his side in action when constantly working in a different time zone.

The 30-year-old replied: "Oh god, yeah! I shot a film in LA recently and there are a couple of pubs where they show the game from whatever time it's on even 7 am and there's a massive group of Arsenal fans, it's a really lovely bunch of people.

Will Poulter is a huge Arsenal fan (Image: Getty Images)Will Poulter is a huge Arsenal fan (Image: Getty Images)
Will Poulter is a huge Arsenal fan (Image: Getty Images)

"It's been great getting up early and being able to keep up with it. Because of TV licensing, you end up watching more games in the States if you get up early."

Poulter and Wright also chatted about the Champions League and, in particular, how Real Madrid defender went about managing Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in the first leg of the semi-final.

The actor said: "I thought, everyone has tried everything against Haaland and he thought, let me weird him out, try something he hasn't come up against.

"Haaland as well strikes me as a player who has a massive mental edge to his game and psyching out the defender and you have to fight fire with fire."

Ian Wright added that he felt Rudiger's physical defending would have felt like 'spider webs' on a striker. "He's a big man behaving like a woodland creature," the pundit added.

Poulter chuckled at the comparion and was quick to liken the former Chelsea man to a character from the latest Marvel film. He replied: "Like Rocket! The thing I love about Rudiger is you never know if he's joking. Maybe he's just method-acting. He could be the good or bad guy."