It looks as though Aron Johansson’s time at Werder Bremen is coming to a close. According to reports, he’s set to exit the Bundesliga club this summer. He recently told ESPN FC that he needed to be happy, and to do that means playing time - which he isn’t getting at his current club.
"It's not my desire to leave, but at the end of the day it's important that I play. I love football, but I need to play to be happy."
- Aron Johansson; ESPN FC
He’s been trying to fight his way back into the starting XI after suffering a season ending injury last term.
It hasn’t gone according to plan.
"It's the most difficult period of my career: I can play, but I am not allowed to," he said, adding that he was not surprised that he was not called up by new U.S. head coach Bruce Arena for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. "It's disappointing, but not surprising when you've not played a minute in four weeks."
The 26-year-old Alabama native and US International, came to Werder Bremen from AZ Alkmaar in 2015. ArJo has been fighting for playing time since. Right now he finds himself behind Max Kruse, Serge Gnabry, Fin Bartels and Claudio Pizarro.
He’s under contract with the club until 2019. ArJo has made a total of 14 appearances for the club, 9 (2 as a starter) this season. In 267 minutes of playing time he’s picked up a goal and assist.