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Could West Ham 18-year-old start against Arsenal as duo ruled out?

West Ham manager David Moyes during the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been charged for diving against Stoke City.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United during  the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

David Moyes will be running out of ideas when he picks his West Ham starting eleven to face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, after Manuel Lanzini was hit with a two-game diving ban.

The Hammers go up against Arsene Wenger's side for the second time this month in the last eight of the competition, but will now be without his Argentinian dynamo after he was found retrospectively guilty of diving.

The Football Association have given him a two-game ban, after his theatrics won a penalty which was dispatched by captain Mark Noble. He is the second player to be banned after the full-time whistle for diving, following Oumar Niasse.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham looks spread the play during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England.

With Lanzini out and Edimilson Fernandes still struggling with an ankle injury, Moyes will be looking into the depths of his squad to find the kind of player capable of connecting the midfielder and strikeforce.

It should see his attention swing to 18-year-old summer signing Sead Hakšabanović, who has made just one appearance for West Ham's senior side so far following his move from Swedish outfit Halmstads BK.

Preferring an attacking midfield role, Hakšabanović is already a two-time Montenegro international and Moyes' faith should be placed in the youngster in what could be the break he needs to shine.

Jeff King of Bolton Wanderers tackles Sead Haksabanovic of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on...

With Moyes likely to make changes anyway, Lanzini and Fernandes' absence should give Hakšabanović his proper senior chance against a side that are expected to surpass West Ham.

Lanzini has until 6pm on Tuesday night to detest the decision, but Moyes should hand his teenage prodigy a chance to dazzle London Stadium fans under the floodlights.

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