Carlos Vela is still waiting for his first Premier League goal but he is happy with his progress in English football.

The Mexican made a flying start to his first season with Arsenal with a hat-trick on his first start in the Carling Cup tie against Sheffield United. He added a sumptuous chip against Wigan in the following round but has failed to find the net since then.

Vela's first top-flight goal still eludes him after he missed two decent chances against Sunderland last week. But the youngster who turned 20 on Sunday believes he has made a big step forward over the past six months.

"At the moment we aren't going through the best period in the league, we know that," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"Obviously anxiety can play a big part in these instances and on those occasions last week [against Sunderland] the ball came across to me and it was one of those things - sometimes you score, sometimes you don't, and that's it.

"But I'm very happy, in my mind things keep improving. I'm more relaxed here now, and I think I have improved a lot from playing against teams at the top level here in England. It's always difficult coming from a different league and having to acclimatise but I feel that things are going well."

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2 Mar 2009