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Speaking to UEFA.com, Ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela says he is happy at Sociedad, helping the club get back to the Champions League after nine seasons.

After scoring 12 goals in 35 games on loan at Real Sociedad, Carlos Vela secured a permanent move to the Basque club in 2012, and has scored 16 goals for the club so far.

Vela had a tough time at Arsenal, scoring just three senior goals in seven years for the Gunners.

Since Vela moved to Sociedad, the club has enjoyed a period of improvement, qualifying for the Champions League just three seasons after being promoted from Spain's Segunda division.

Vela is confident Sociedad can show their attacking prowess at Europe's top table: “Playing in the UEFA Champions League is not something that happens every day so we must take advantage and give it our all.

"The Champions League is really important for what it represents to the fans and to the club.

"Now that we are there we know we are facing three very difficult rivals. We have to believe in our chances and I feel we are good enough to get through to the next round.

“The club were right to continue to believe in people who were formed here while looking to maintain the same playing style as last season.

“We are not starting from scratch. We have a consistency and are playing in a way we are used to; it just makes everything all that much easier.

"We played some great games against quality teams last season and I think we will do the same this time around."

Speaking about his £4m move from Arsenal, Vela told UEFA.com he is happy in Spain: “There are always doubts when you go to a new club and move to a new city as you never know what to expect. Here I have found my place – somewhere where I am happy.

"The club have allowed me to show my qualities which is a really great feeling.”

Real Sociedad host Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday in their first Champions League match. Carlos Vela and former QPR midfielder Esteban Granero are expected to start.

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