Arsenal step up their pre-season preparations against Genclerbirligi in Austria on Thursday night. Arsene Wenger will use the two-match tour, completed against Salzburg next Wednesday, to focus the squad for the challenges which await, when they must seek to force their way back into contention for the Premier League title. Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on July 28 and 29, before competing at the Amsterdam Tournament ahead of the domestic campaign opener against Fulham on August 12. The visit of the Cottagers - pushed back to the Sunday because of the closure of the Victoria Line - will be an early opportunity for Wenger's men to put home form difficulties of last season behind them with an impressive display. Fabregas knows Arsenal must deliver consistent results in front of their own supporters, having dropped 15 points at home in 2006/7. "Yes, it was a difficult season last time," said the Spain midfielder. "It is a bit different to play at Highbury against playing at Emirates. "It was a big move and very important for the club - but now we are all used to it. "We are playing the same football we have for the four years I have been here, so we have no excuses." Arsenal opened their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win at Barnet last Saturday with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Nacer Barazite. Poland keeper Lukasz Fabianski came on for the second half and Wenger has promised the likes of fellow new recruits Eduardo da Silva - the Croatia striker who is likely to make his debut on Thursday night - and defender Bacary Sagna will get more chances to impress home fans next weekend. "There was no World Cup or European Championships this summer so most of the players have had a longer rest and I will select the team for the Emirates Cup matches from everybody who has returned training," said Wenger. "That means that it will be the first time our new signings would have played at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal, and the sides we field will be very strong." Wenger added: "We know how important it is to start the new season well, and I am convinced we will be focused and ready to start."