The former Falkirk midfielder scored the opening goal against Jose Mourinho's side with a stunning volley from the edge of the box after he had expertly controlled a pinpoint Matt Taylor delivery. The strike left Thibault Courtois with no chance in the Chelsea goal and gave Sean Dyche's side a dream start to life back in the top tier.
Unfortunately for Arfield, it also appeared to spark the star-studded Londoners into life and they strolled to a 3-1 win after a 17-minute blitz from Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle and Branislav Ivanovic. Nevertheless, it did not entirely sour the occasion for the 25-year-old Scot, who was cheered on by a posse from north of the border. "I just had a bit of composure, took a touch and let fly," said Arfiled. "Thankfully it goes into the roof of the net so I was absolutely buzzing. I've waited a long time to play in the top division and I enjoyed it. On a personal level that was different class and my family were down here from Scotland to see it too. They've stuck by me and they've waited a long time for that too so it was a really special moment.
"There are definitely positives to take out of it. For us it is still a case of taking one game at a time and there is no disappointment regardless of this result, we're on to the next game."