After announcing his new contentedness at City, Elano has just scored a miraculous goal for Brazil. Seriously: have a look.
There are lots of people already on bluemoon writing stuff along the lines of 'if he can do that, why doesn't Hughes pick him?'. I think the important point to make in response is that whilst he demonstrably can do that, he very rarely ever does for City, particularly in tough games. Too often he just gets bypassed in midfield, ends up getting outmuscled and has to come off. I think that SWP in midfield and Vassell on the right sucks as an alternative, but we shouldn't pretend that Elano always plays brilliantly for us when he just doesn't.
This Saturday, however, is Arsenal. At home. Denilson, Nasri and Fabregas are obviously very good players - but this could be just the stage Elano needs.